The Panama Canal is 100 years old today. To celebrate what this
important international marine trade route has done for the economy, we put
together a list of facts. Here’s a few things that your kids might not know:
- The United States uses the Panama Canal the
most. 16% of U.S. trade traffic travels through the Canal each year.
- The Panama Canal is almost 50 miles long
- The Panama Canal has been open 24 hours a day
since 1963. Since then, the Panama Canal has only closed twice: Once in
December of 1989 when the U.S. entered Panama to overtake President Manuel
Noriega’s regime and once in December of 2010 due to heavy rains.
- It took more than 60 million pounds of dynamite
to excavate and construct the canal.
- During construction, nearly 20,000 French and
6,000 American workers gave their lives to complete the Canal.
- Today, the Panama Canal provides approximately
9,000 jobs to the Panama economy.
- Richard Halliburton swam the Panama Canal in
1928. His toll was only 36 cents, a travel expense that is tax-deductible
according to current
- A Disney cruise ship paid over $330,000 in tolls
to use the waterway.