Central Railroad and Volcano De Agua, Guatemala


This photograph from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress shows Guatemala’s central railroad with the Volcán de Agua (Water volcano) in the background. Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography. whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. According to Land of the Caribbean (1925), part of Carpenter's World Travels series, the railroad was “part of the International Railways of Central America, now owned by a group of American financiers, headed by Minor C. Keith. This consolidated system includes also the main line from Guatemala City to the Pacific, that running north to the Mexican boundary, in the neighbourhood of a hundred miles of track in Salvador, and several less important branches besides.” The Volcán de Agua is an inactive volcano, located in the region of Sacatepéquez in central Guatemala, “rising in one magnificent unbroken sweep to a height of thirteen thousand feet…, its slopes clothed in perpetual green.”

Last updated: September 29, 2014