National Geographic : 1941 Nov
Philip Gendreau Through the Engineering Miracle of Gaillard Cut a Ship Passes on Her Eight-hour Tripfrom the Atlantic tothe Pacific While the Canal was being dug, everyone heard of Culebra Cut, because of the repeated slides which held up its completion. Few realized that Col. David Du Bose Gaillard, in charge of excavation, was giving his life to accomplish the gigantic task. Just as he was about to witnessthe triumphal opening, hedied under the strain, in December, 1913. President Woodrow Wilson changed the name of the vast nine-mile trench to Gaillard Cut in the army engineer's honor (pages 598, 616, 630).