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PRR Depot, Panama City; 1922

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  • Edward Conn

     This is the Panama Railroad terminal building located at the 5th of May Plaza (Plaza Cinco De Mayo) when the train arrived at Panama City proper.. From: The Panama Canal Museum Collection at UF To: conned1@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:46 AM Subject: [New post] PRR Depot, Panama City; 1922 #yiv9590468504 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9590468504 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9590468504 a.yiv9590468504primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9590468504 a.yiv9590468504primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9590468504 a.yiv9590468504primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9590468504 a.yiv9590468504primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9590468504 WordPress.com | ufpcmcollection posted: “Unfortunately we do not have much information about this photograph.What can you tell us about this photograph?Please share with us in the comments section below!” | |

  • Walter

    This was an elegant train station which was unfortunately torn down. The story I heard was that this was demolished because passengers could easily walk to the station and ride to their work places. The end of the line was moved to Balboa so that workers would have to pay to ride buses to the new end of the train line in Balboa or other destinations. In other words this was to increase profits for bus owners.

  • Jo

    In the late 70’s I visited the depot when it housed the country’s Anthropological Museum. The exhibits were great. The museum’s contents later moved to a new space near the Parque Metropolitano. A few years ago I did shop on both Avenida B and Avenida Central, but I did not notice whether or not the depot was still standing. However, since Panama is attempting to preserve as much of the beautiful old architecture as they can in that historic area, it probably has not been torn down.

    Avenida Central’s original (?) bricks were again the travel surface because the asphalt was removed, and beautiful flower-filled huge cement containers with surround-seating lined the middle of the avenue. All motor traffic was banned, and it was a lovely place to shop, or just sit around eating an ice cream cone or a palito.

    A few years ago when I shopped there, unfortunately, Avenida Central was not at its best. The red bricks were almost black with dirt, trash was everywhere, naught but dead weeds were in the planters, and the area stank to high heaven. (Did not deter my shopping, though.) With luck, perhaps by now it is again as clean as it deserves to be. I so much enjoy looking UP at the buildings on both streets. The beautiful architectural designs are still visible, although the advertising signs seem to be larger.

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