A Steam shovel removes dirt from the Culebra Cut

A Meeting in Hell

The engineers and laborers tasked with constructing the Panama Canal in 1904 literally had to move a mountain. The path they cut through the Continental Divide would become known as "Hell's Gorge."...

Close up of a comic panel showing a fake opening in the Panama Canal as a plot device.

Comics, the Panama Canal, & World War II

Submitted by Celeste Velazco, 2020 Smathers Library Undergraduate Student Fellow Nowadays, people of all ages enjoy comics and blockbuster comic book-inspired movies. However, in the 1930s, comic books were written mostly for...

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