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George Washington Goethals (1858-1928, USMA 1880) served as Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal Commission overseeing its construction from 1907-1914. The Canal was completed in August 1914 at a cost of $375,000,000. Among the Library’s holdings are Goethals’s papers concerning his tenure as engineer of Panama Canal including: special orders assigning Goethals to the canal zone in 1907; papers regarding salaries; C.L. Bore's correspondence regarding his visits to Panama, 1913 and again in 1915; signed photographs of Goethals and approximately 5200 images of Canal Construction.

Photographer Ernest Hallen, 1875-1947 was hired by the government of the United States in 1907 to photograph the construction of the Panama Canal. Hallen retired as the official photographer of the Panama Canal Zone in 1937, after 30 years of service, having taken over 12,000 images of the Canal from its early construction.

 
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