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Title: Proyecto de leño o ferrocarril de Tolú a Sincelejo. Informe del injeniero civil Sr. A.J. Scherzer
Creator: Scherzer, A. J.
Publication Info: Cartagena : Tipografía de Antonio Araújo, 1879.
Physical Details: 23 p. ; 22 8/10 x 15 5/10 cms.
Physical Condition: Wrappers faded, slightly torn on bottom, but text in good shape.

Summary: J. Scherzer, an engineer commissioned by the state of Bolívar’s government, here reports his exploration of the terrain for the construction of a railroad from Tolú to Sincelejo. The document includes the budget for additional works required to complete the railroad, such as bridges and terrain leveling.
Historical Notes: The problem of how to develop adequate transport is a fundamental issue in the economic history of Colombia. The government was aware as early as the nation’s independence in 1819 that the lack of proper transportation would have a substantial negative impact on the development of the economy. Despite this awareness, Colombia advanced very little in its transportation system from 1820 to 1870. There were only mule roads, underdeveloped river navigation systems, and one road suitable for wheeled vehicles in Antioquia. It was not until the 1870s that the government launched projects to build railroads. Safford, Frank 2010 El Problema de los Transportes en Colombia en el Siglo XIX. In Economía Colombiana del Siglo XIX. A. Meisel Roca and M.T. Ramírez, eds. Pp. 524, 528, 535. Bogotá: Fondo de Cultura Económica.
Donor Notes: The proposal by the commissioned civil engineer, for the construction of a railway between Tolu to Sincelejo (Bolivar Department), addressed to Governor Dr. Rafael Nunez, Tolu, 14 April, 1879. Translated to English by Lous Pation of Tolu. - J.L.H.

Subject(s): Railroads -- Colombia -- Bolívar (Department)

Type: Pamphlet
Language: Spanish
Format: JPG
PDF - Color
Donor: Helguera, J. León
Collection: Helguera, J. León Collection
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Accession Number: P00233
Record Number: 329
Islandora ID: islandora:5165