Panama Canal from Barro Colorado Island

ID: 92-15291 or Wetmore 5253

Creator: Wetmore, Alexander 1886-

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: June 30, 1953

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 179, Folder: Panama, 1953 and Record Unit 50, Box 33, Folder: Gatun Lake and Record Unit 9559, Box 1, Graham Bell Fairchild Oral History Interview

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Summary

Looking down from the Main Laboratory on the mountain top of Barro Colorado Island (BCI) Biological Area, now known as the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, to a ship travelling through Gatun Lake, created when the Chagras River was dammed to create a watershed for the Panama Canal. Slothia Island can be seen in front of BCI; the town of Frijoles is visible in the distance. Tree tops can be seen in the water when the Chagres River was dammed and flooded the area.

Subject

  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Photograph included in the transcript of Graham Bell Fairchild Interview by Joel B. Hagen, June 7, 1989, in Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7006, Box 179, Folder: Panama, 1953 and Record Unit 50, Box 33, Folder: Gatun Lake and Record Unit 9559, Box 1, Graham Bell Fairchild Oral History Interview

Contact information

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

Date

June 30, 1953

Restrictions & Rights

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Topic

  • Boats and boating
  • Landscapes
  • Canals
  • Frijoles
  • Panama Canal (Panama)
  • Slothia Island (Panama)
  • Tropical Biology
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)
  • Barro Colorado Island Biological Laboratory
  • Ships

Place

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

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Landscape

ID Number

92-15291 or Wetmore 5253

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 3w x 5h; Type of Image: Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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