Panama has changed a lot in this last 100 years of existence as a Republic. Casco Viejo itself has changed a lot and as a product of this mix we now have a beautiful World Heritage Site. To celebrate Casco Viejo`s roots (and therefore Panama´s roots) during these Patriot Holidays, I`m posting here different historic photos and a list of the most incredible street names you can ever imagine. Most of the photos are from 1850`s from the photographer Eadweard Muldbridge, but there are also from other sources. And the street names are from Mr. Figueroa`s book on Panama`s history.
Calle de Matadero (today Calle 13, means the Butcher`s street)
Calle de las Damas (today Calle Colón, means Ladies street)
Calle de la Chancleta ( a name from 1812… not sure if we have a straight translation. It is the plastic sandal that you can buy for $0.99 at any store. )
Calle del Agua (Water Street)
Calle Salsipuedes (still exists! Get Out if You Can)
Callejón de Ahogapollos (DrownChickens Alley) … my favorite!