Stories from the United States' relationship with the Panama Canal, in celebration of its centenary
At the time, Gatun Dam was not only the largest dam in the world, but it also created the largest artificial lake. The Gatun Dam was finished in 1913, shortly before the end of the Canal construction. The dam is important not only for the formation on the lake, an essential Canal component, but also because it serves as a hydroelectric plant which supplies energy to the Panama Canal and all its machinery. The dam’s upper part measures 2,300 meters in length and the lower part measures only 30 meters. At the time, its construction was overshadowed only by the enormous Corte Culebra excavation.