July 17, 2014

During the construction and digging out of the canal floor, a train arrives carrying worker wages, January 1908.

Below: Picture 1 shows the original French digging expedition, 1896, which after 10 years and over 22000 deaths, the company went bankrupt.
  Although the French company gave up, their work was of significant benefit for the American effort, which began in 1904 and lasted 10 years.
Picture 2 shows excavations in the Culebra area by the American government in 1904, taking up where the French group left off.
Picture 3 shows workers swarming a wage train arriving in January 1908.
Picture 4 shows construction of the Miraflores Locks in 1911.
Picture 5 shows interior construction of the Miraflores Locks in 1912.
Picture 6 shows a steam shovel assisting the workers in digging deep in Culebra in 1913.
Picture 7 shows the Gatun Locks, on the Atlantic end of the Canal, almost completed in July 1913.
Picture 8 shows the SS Ancon, the first ship to go through the completed canal, August 15, 1914.

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