The town of Balboa, founded by the United States during the construction of the Panama Canal, was named after Vasco Núñez de Balboa, the Spanish conquistador credited with discovering the Pacific Ocean. In 1513 it was called Mar del Sur or South Seas because it was discovered while traveling south from the Atlantic Ocean where he started his journey.
The name Balboa, was suggested to the Canal Zone authorities by the Peruvian ambassador to Panama.
The town of Balboa, like most towns in the Canal Zone, was served by Canal Zone Government-operated schools, post office, police and fire stations, commissary, cafeteria, yacht club, service center and recreational facilities. Balboa’s children were educated at the Balboa Elementary School, Balboa High School, and the private St. Mary’s School.
The town was also home to two private banks, a credit union, a Jewish Welfare Board, several Christian denomination churches, civic clubs, a masonic temple and a YMCA.
The demographic changes resulting from the departure of most of the town’s American population has also brought the closure of most of the town’s former public facilities and institutions, including Balboa High School and Balboa Elementary School.
Below is a photograph of the Balboa Elementary School taken on March 22, 2009. Here we go.
If you have been following my recent posts, you would have noticed the beauty of the architecture style of the buildings of the former Canal Zone. Good Day.