Col. David Dubose Gaillard

Col. David Dubose Gaillard (HMIHI)

Location: Pinewood, SC 29125 Sumter County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 43.653', W 80° 30.708'

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Engineer Of The Panama Canal

Born at Fulton Crossroads, Sept. 4, 1859, David DuBose Gaillard spent his boyhood in this section. He was graduated from West Point in 1884, rising to rank of Lieutenant-Colonel of Engineers. During the Spanish American War he organized and commanded the 3rd U. S. Volunteer Engineers. He served on the general staff of the army and on major engineering projects, including the Panama Canal.

Gaillard Cut of the Panama Canal was named for Col. Gaillard as a tribute to his distinguished work there. He planned and supervised the digging through the backbone of the continent at Culebra, acclaimed as a feat of engineering genius. He succeeded in this where others had failed, but gave his life to the effort, dying from the result of overwork, Dec. 5, 1913.
Marker Number43-7
Year Placed1979
Placed ByThe Sumter County Historical Commission, replacing a marker erected by the same organization in 1953
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 4:34pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 545227 N 3732054
Decimal Degrees33.72755000, -80.51180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 43.653', W 80° 30.708'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 43' 39.18" N, 80° 30' 42.48" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 124 Co Rd 51, Pinewood SC 29125, US
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