Object of the Day

Old car on bridge

Our record tells us this photograph was taken around 1935.


Can you identify where this photograph was taken, or recognize the bridge?

Is this in the Canal Zone or outside of it?

Please share with us in the comments section below!


  • Nina Brown Kosik

    Am I mis-seeing an apparently collapsed road on the left? Whatever it is,THAT back story must be very interesting. The white pillar has lettering on it which is readable with better eyes than mine (has a name of the creek/river & date of construction) if the photo is enlarged enough. In the ’40s & ’50s, the US Army built a lot of bridges across streams in the outlying areas of Panama with “built by” & year info on the pillars. They are still in place on the roads to Nombre de Dios & Fort San Lorenzo.

    • Luis Celerier

      Nina: What appears to be a collapsed structure to the left is the shadow of the bridge. Then there is foot trail leading to the water. I tried enlarging photo in all manners I know how and still could not read the inscription on the white pillar.

      • Nina Brown Kosik

        Luis- Before the pixels blurred to oblivion, Photoshop showed the date as 1915. Such “pillars” (or posts) on existing bridges are the first part of the bridge, connecting to the actual part that crosses the creek. A civil engineer will know the correct words I’m working on “seeing” a footpath & the shadow. Maybe the pillar/post belonged to an original bridge, replaced by the one with the car on it\?

  • Malcolm Stone

    Access to water for washing clothes, eating utensils and for swimming and bathing was common for native people throughout Panama. It would be interesting to read the white pillar.

  • Peggy Huff

    We were able to enlarge the photo in Faststone and the date on the pillar is 1815. The letters under the date are O P N. Could not read anything beyond that.

      • Luis Celerier

        Peggy Huff sent me the enlargement of the pillar of the bridge in question and there is absolutely no doubt that the date is 1815. The bridge with the car may look more modern than that. If it is, it replaced an original bridge built even before the French or the PRR came into being. I find that extraordinary. Thanks, Peggy

    • Nina Brown Kosik

      Yes, saw the same pic from Peggy. Glad to have it cleared up. Had no idea the history of cement went back that far. Wonder why more buildings in 1815 weren’t built from cement.

      Now the mystery (for me) is the location of that pillar, & what it signifies. To go to the trouble to commemorate something permanently means that the something was special for its time

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