Panama Canal Construction began May 4, 1904; 118 years ago
Construction completed on August 15, 1914; 107 years ago
The Panama Canal is an artificial 82 km (51 mi) waterway
At times, more than 43,000 people were working on the Panama Canal at once.
American Society of Civil Engineers has also dubbed the Panama Canal one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World
More than 60 million pounds of dynamite was used to excavate and construct the canal.
In 1963 florescent lighting was installed, allowing the canal to begin operating 24 hours a day
Nearly 20,000 French and 6,000 American workers died during the completion of the Panama Canal.
The United States spent almost $500 million ( $13.5 billion in 2021) to finish the project.
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