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Title: Informe de la comisión nombrada por el Congreso Nacional para estudiar los daños ocurridos en la línea del ferrocarril del Pacífico en octubre de 1912
Creator: Araújo, Simón
Publication Info: Bogotá : Imprenta Nacional, 1913.
Physical Details: viii + 52 p. ; 24 x 16.4 cms
Physical Condition: Wrappers worn, stained and yellowing, interior pages are yellowing too, but legible-fair

Summary: Contains charts and tables about the damages suffered by the Pacific railway during the rain season of 1912, as well as about the repairs needed to keep the railway in operation.
Historical Notes: During the first decades of the twentieth century, from the loss of Panama to the worldwide economic depression, Colombia experienced the longest period of political stability in its history to that point. Political stability came accompanied, to a certain extent, by steady economic and technological development, as well as urbanization, and social policies aimed towards converting Colombia into a modern nation. Beginning in the 1870s, Colombian governments saw railroads as the icon of modernity, the panacea for the economic development of the country. Just between 1904 and 1909, for example -roughly the Rafael Reyes presidency-, Colombian railways in operation grew in length from 565 to 901 kilometers. Bogotá was finally connected to the Magdalena River by the Girardot Railroad, which linked that river port with the capital, and continued to Facatativá. Other key routes were also developed, such as the Antioquia Railroad in 1914, which linked Medellín with the Magdalena, and the Pacific Railroad in 1915 , that would connect Cali with the Pacific port of Buenaventura. (See for example Juan Santiago Correa Restrepo, De Buenaventura al Caribe: El ferrocarril del Pacífico y la conexión interoceánica, 1872-2012. Bogotá: CESA, 2012).
Donor Notes: A detailed study of the Pacific Railway of Colombia's 1912 damage sustained in the severe weather of that year. - J.L.H.

Subject(s): Ferrocarril del Pacífico (Colombia)
Railroads -- Colombia -- History
Colombia -- Economic conditions -- 20th century

Type: Pamphlet
Language: Spanish
Format: JPG
PDF - Color
Donor: J. León Helguera
Collection: Helguera
Institution: Vanderbilt university
Accession Number: P01403
Record Number: 509
Islandora ID: islandora:10602