Railroad Station in Huigra, Ecuador , 1923-1924

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  • People standing at a railroad station in Huigra, Ecuador. The image is looking west down the valley. Train tracks can be seen on the ground and people are gathered near the buildings holding baskets and waiting for the trains. A young child is standing in the middle of some of the tracks. The station is surround by large mountains on either side.
  • The image was taken by AlbertSpear Hitchcock, botanist with the United States Department of Agriculture and honorary curator of the Smithsonian's United States National Herbarium while on the Biological Survey of the Panama Canal Zone, 1923-1924. Smithsonian staff members were in Panama with the Institute for Research in Tropical America, a group of private foundations and universities under the auspices of the National Research Council, who first established a research laboratory on Barro Colorado Island, Panama Canal Zone, in order to investigate the flora and fauna of tropical America. In addition to collecting in Panama, Hitchcock traveled all over Latin America on this scientific expedition.


  • Hitchcock, A. S (Albert Spear) 1865-1935
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)


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The negative number #1108 is Hitchcock's negative number. The original photograph is located in Hitchcock's travel album.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 229, Box 19, Folder 2

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SIA2009-2925 and Hitchcock 1108

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Number of Images: 1 Color: Black and White ; Size: 6.7w x 5.1h ; Type of Image: Exerior ; Medium: Photographic print

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