Object of the Day

A Captionless Construction Photograph

01-95-4-(c.1)Do you recognize the location of this image? Is this part of the Panama Canal? What is the name of this site?

When do you estimate this photograph was captured? What phase of the construction is this?

Have you visited this location? Please tell us about your favorite experiences here.

If you have any more information about this photograph, please share with us in the comments section!


  • Robert Dixon Gordon

    I wasn’t around during the construction of this site. I am not sure, but it looks like the Madden Dam spill way built in 1938. I have had my episodes, at said Dam, during my patrols there. Robert Dixon security officer, sector supervisor, Canal protection division (1914-1999) securing the Panama Canal. “We were the best”.

  • Skip Mendnehall

    This is a section of Gatun dam. Gatun dam has a curved spillway where Madden dam and Miraflores spillway are straight across.

  • Robert Dillon

    The spillway, regulating gates, and sill of Gatun Dam were built on a small hill behind the old town of Gatun in the middle of the valley. The hill can be located on the old maps of the area. I guess the bedrock rose up at that point thus being the best foundation for this purpose.

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