Steel used for the Panama Canal Locks
Stories from the United States' relationship with the Panama Canal, in celebration of its centenary
During the construction, the gates or doors of the Panama Canal Locks were one of the most complex aspects of the entire work. The original lock gates, still in use today, were built in Panama with steel imported from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most of the works used this steel; its high demand in the Canal represented a significant increase in Pittsburgh’s economy.