The Panama Canal Zone was an unincorporated territory of the United States from 1903 to 1979. Balboa was an important town at the Pacific end of the Canal, housing the administrative centre.
The Panama Canal Administration Building, sitting on a hill that is the height of Lake Gatun
Looking towards the Prado
This is the Prado, which represents the size of the locks
Goethals was the US Army officer and civil engineer who was in charge of completing the Canal. The engraving says: “Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal. Master-Builder. Engineer of Genius. Man of Vision. This monument is dedicated by his fellow Americans.”
Monument to John F Stevens The engraving says: “Isthmian Canal Commission – Chairman 1907 and Chief Engineer 1905-1907 The Canal is his monument”
Monument to Arnulfo Arias – a rather colourful character in Panama history who was president three times and deposed from all three!
Weird monument to Arnulfo Arias
Museum of Freedom and Human Rights… well, the entrance building exists….
… the rest of the museum might take a while!
The old Panama Canal Pilots building
Monument to the first Canal pilot who took the SS Ancon on the first transit
One of the Bucyrus steam shovels so important to the building of the Canal
YMCA – hopefully to become our local supermarket
Balboa High School
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