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Canal Zone Memories: Hotel Washington

Take a look at this picturesque photo taken in 1948 of Hotel Washington in Colón, Republic of Panama.

 

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Do you have any memories associated with this hotel? Did you ever go there for events? Did you ever have friends or relatives who stayed there? Did you or someone you knew work there?

Make sure to join us for the 2018 Panama Canal Society Reunion in Orlando from June 27 – July 1, 2018, where there will be an exhibit about popular culture in the Panama Canal Zone on display. See more information and register here: https://www.pancanalsociety.org/reunion.html. We hope to see you there!

12 Comments

  • Scott Boykin

    We moved to the Zone in 1973 to be stationed at Fort Gulick. They didn’t have quarters for us when we first arrived, so we stayed at Hotel Washington for, I think, about four weeks. It was a blast for me as a kid exploring the place and looking out at the bay. I remember there was a casino too.

  • allan hawkins v.

    For your records.

    Saludos, Allan.

    2018-04-23 9:18 GMT-05:00 The Panama Canal Museum Collection at UF :

    > ufpcmcollection posted: “Take a look at this picturesque photo taken in > 1948 of Hotel Washington in Colón, Republic of Panama. Do you have any > memories associated with this hotel? Did you ever go there for events? Did > you ever have friends or relatives who stayed there” >

  • Cody Staples

    I used the pool a lot when I was in elementary school and I believe that my kindergarten class was given swimming lessons in 1942

    • Carol Meyer

      In about 1974, the Medical Association of the Isthmian Canal Zone (MAICZ) had a monthly meeting at the Washington. We usually met in the Gorgas Hospital Cafeteria or later at one of the Officer’s Clubs on the Pacific side. For this meeting most of us had the Governor’s car attached to the train and so rode across the Isthmus in style for the meeting. Some of my friends wanted to walk from the train station to the hotel but I advised against it. The next morning before we left the hotel a sailor (not USA) in a white uniform came up to the entrance with his back pocket slashed and bleeding from a wound inflicted by the “pick pocket”, emphasizing the
      wisdom of taking a cab.

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