Images: Top: Gatun Station around 1851
Middle: Early photo of Gamboa (circ. 1930)
Bottom: Gamboa Commissary as it stands today
even after the reversion of the Panama Canal.
Gatun is a small town on the Atlantic Side of the Panama Canal, located south of the city of Colon at the point in which Gatun Lake meets the channel to the Caribbean Sea. Best known as the site of the Panama Canal’s Gatun Locks and Gatun Dam, built by the United States between 1906-1914, it, as with many of the former Canal Zone towns had segregated facilities for the “Silver” or “local rate” employees. The same may be said of Silver Santa Cruz which was next to Gamboa. Continue reading