Construction work on Barro Colorado Island

ID: 92-15287

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1939

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 50, Box 33, Folder: Gatun Lake

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Three unidentified construction workers at the Canal Zone Biological Area located on Barro Colorado Island (BCI) are reconstructing the main laboratory using concrete blocks for the siding and for posts. The building was raised about 6 inches to make it more convernient for taller people. BCI was created when the Chagras River was dammed to create Gatun Lake as a watershed for the Panama Canal. The mountaintop island was set aside as a preserve for visiting North American naturalists. It was funded by a consortium until 1946 when the Canal Zone Biological Area was transferred to the Smithsonian and later renamed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.


Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 50, Box 33, Folder: Gatun Lake

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • Laboratories
  • Panama Canal (Panama)
  • Research institutes
  • Tropical Biology
  • Construction workers


  • Barro Colorado Nature Monument (Panama)
  • Panama
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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