Different places in Panama City, the Republic of Panama. Tower in the ruins of the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción at Panamá Viejo, destroyed by Buccaneer Henry Morgan. A broken bridge. A view of Panama City. Traffic on the streets. Natives on narrow streets in the main city. The Golden Altar in the San Jose Church . The Canal Zone Administration Building on Balboa Heights. A garden in front of the building. Palm trees on either side of the entrance. An
American flag flutters in the breeze.
Construction of the Panama Canal connecting the Caribbean Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Views of abandoned and failed first attempt by French team led by Ferdinand de Lesseps, with scenes of Panama natives cutting vegetation with machetes. Scene of abandoned canal work area. Scenes of United States work to build the canal beginning in 1903. Steam shovels digging and moving earth. Laborers construct railroad for use in canal building. General Glen Edgerton talks about the construction difficulties from malaria, and the worker prescription of quinine three times daily. Views of British and French workers on the site working and arriving by rail to work. Dynamite explosion removes rumble for railroad construction. View of locks under construction 1000 feet long and 110 feet wide. Excerpt from interview with former Canal Zone Governor and Congressman Maurice Thatcher, who characterizes the project as the greatest liberty that man had ever taken with nature. (Thatcher was honored when the first bridge connecting both sides of the Panama Canal was named after him as "Thatcher Ferry Bridge". In 1979 the name was officially changed to the Bridge of the Americas.) Clip next shows 1970's aerial view of the Panama Canal. Ships moving through the Panama Canal.
U.S. military canal defense and base security requirements and future requirements regarding proposed canal relocations in Panama. A U.S. officer conducts a JCS (Joint Chiefs of Staff) briefing in the United States. A map of Panama shows military training areas. The map shows Pecora-Chepo, Pina-Range, Mandinga and Madden as military training areas. An officer speaks. A map shows Costa Rica border, present canal zone in Eastern Panama and Atrato River in Columbia. The officers speak about canal relocations and future requirements in Panama. A map of Panama shows present canal zone. An officer speaks.
Aerial views of Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the Panama Canal Zone. Lush green fields, tower and buildings in the Canal zones. Shoreline, a ship anchored at the canal, vehicles move along the border between the Panama Canal Zone and Republic of Panama. Fort Gulick on the Atlantic side of the Canal. Palm trees, buildings, cars move along the border. Cars parked alongside of the road that forms the border between Republic of Panama and Canal Zone.
Views from a moving railroad train traveling from the Atlantic terminus of the Panama Canal. Commercial district and shops with signs identifying a large drug store, the Eastern Palace, and many small shops down side streets. A lush and well-to-do residential and business district. The train passes beside the Gatun lake. Passengers are seen next on a boat moving through the Gaillard Cut (formerly known as the Culebra Cut). Two women take pictures with their cameras, as another boat passes them. views of continuing construction activity high above in hills above the water with resulting debris being washed into the Cut. View from a ship entering the locks at Miraflores. Locomotive moving along track beside the locks.
Construction of the Panama Canal. A view of the Panama Canal constructed by U.S. Army engineers. The engineers work at the Culebra Cut. A train on tracks. Smoke comes out. A crane lifts up rubble. Two engineers stand and one of them holds a shovel in his hands. The engineers work at Gold Hill. They use a hydraulic excavation cylinder and spray. A view of the Culebra Cut before the water entered. A boat underway in the Culebra Cut. A spillway at Gatun Lake. Water is controlled by the spillway. A sign reads 'Gatun Locks'. A liner in Gatun Locks. People at the dock along the Panama Canal. A view of Panama City, with people and traffic on the streets. Buildings on a street of Panama City. Mountains in the background.