Panama: The Old Man & the Bridge

Maurice Hudson Thatcher is a gnarled, 92-year-old relic of Panama Canal construction days and still has a pioneer's proprietary interest in the Canal Zone, which Teddy Roosevelt leased from Panama in 1903. The only living member of the Isthmian Canal Commission responsible for digging the waterway, Thatcher served five terms as a U.S. Congressman from Kentucky, had a powerful voice in canal legislation. Thatcher Highway and Thatcher Ferry in the zone bear his name, and last week Thatcher was pleased by a third honor: he arranged to have a new bridge named Thatcher Ferry Bridge. But in so doing,...

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