Tibes

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This article is about the barrio. For the archeological site, see Centro Ceremonial Indigena de Tibes.
Barrio Tibes
Scene in Barrio Tibes at PR-10 north approaching PR-503
Scene in Barrio Tibes at PR-10 north approaching PR-503
Location of barrio Tibes within the municipality of Ponce shown in red
Location of barrio Tibes within the municipality of Ponce shown in red
Country  United States
Territory  Puerto Rico
Municipality Ponce2.gif Ponce
Area
 • Total 7.01 sq mi (18.2 km2)
 • Land 7.01 sq mi (18.2 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 866
 • Density 123.5/sq mi (47.7/km2)
  Source: 2000 Census

Tibes (Barrio Tibes) is one of the 31 barrios in the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Together with Magueyes, Portugues, Montes Llanos, Maragüez, Machuelo Arriba, Sabanetas, and Cerrillos, Tibes is one of the municipality's eight rural interior barrios. Tibes attracted attention recently when, in 1975, what was to become the discovery of the oldest cemetery in the West Indies came about as a result of rains. The name of this barrio is of native Indian origin.[1]

Location[edit]

Tibes is a mountainous rural barrio located in the central section of the municipality, north of the city of Ponce.[2] Tibes is located on the foothills of the Cordillera Central. The toponomy, or origen of the name, is related to the hard, smooth stones plentiful in the rivers of this barrio and used by the indigenous peoples of the area as a weapon and the jibaro countrymen for sharpening agricultural tools such as the machete.[3]

Boundaries[edit]

Artistic rendering of Portugues Dam in Barrio Tibes

Tibes is bounded on the North by the hills just north of El Principe Road, on the South by Tibes Road, on the West by the hills west of PR-10, and on the East by Pastillo Road, the hills west of Río Chiquito.[4][5]

In terms of barrio-to-barrio boundaries, Tibes is bounded in the North by Barrio San Patricio, in the South by Portugues, in the West by Guaraguao and Magueyes, and in the East by Barrios Monte Llano and Portugues.[6][7]

Features and demographics[edit]

Tibes has 7.01 square miles (18 km2) of land area and no water area. In 2000, the population of Tibes was 866 persons, and it had a density of 124 persons per square mile.[8][9][10] Tibes is the second least populated barrio in Ponce, after San Patricio. Major roads serving Barrio Tibes are PR-10 and PR-503.[11]

The highest point in Barrio Tibes is Cerro del Diablo which stands at 2,234 feet. Another notable land feature is Cerro La Mesa which stands at 1,742 feet.[12]

Portugues Dam[edit]

The Portugues Dam currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2013, is also located in Barrio Tibes.[13]

Coordinates: 18°05′N 66°38′W / 18.09°N 66.64°W / 18.09; -66.64[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sunny A. Cabrera Salcedo. Hacia un Estudio Integral de la Toponimia del Municipio de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ph. D. dissertation. May 1999. University of Massachusetts Amherst. Graduate School. Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Page 54.
  2. ^ City Melt Retrieved, February 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Government of the Municipality of Ponce. Periodico "El Señorial". Special issue: Carnaval Ponceño 2013. February 2013. Page 17. Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  4. ^ General Purpose Population Data, Census 2000. Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Área de Tecnología de Información Gubernamental, Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto. Gobierno de Puerto Rico. Retrieved February 20, 2010.
  5. ^ Ponce Topographic Map. Map Styles: Map and Shaded. Trails.com. From: United States Geological Survey. Topo Map. Projection: NAD83/WGS84. Retrieved February 22, 2010.
  6. ^ General Purpose Population Data, Census 2000. Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Área de Tecnología de Información Gubernamental, Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto. Gobierno de Puerto Rico. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  7. ^ Mapa de Localizacion Limite de Barrios de Ponce. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  8. ^ City Melt Retrieved, February 27, 2010.
  9. ^ U.S. Census Bureau. Census 2000. Ponce and Its Barrios. (Ponce Municipio, Puerto Rico -- County Subdivision and Place. GCT-PH1. Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2000. Data Set: Census 2000 Summary File 1 (SF 1) 100-Percent Data) Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  10. ^ CENSUS2
  11. ^ General Purpose Population Data, Census 2000. Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Área de Tecnología de Información Gubernamental, Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto. Gobierno de Puerto Rico. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
  12. ^ Maptest. Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. General Purpose Population Data, Census 2000. Unidad de Sistemas de Información Geográfica, Área de Tecnología de Información Gubernamental, Oficina de Gerencia y Presupuesto. Gobierno de Puerto Rico. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  13. ^ Website of the Municipality of Ponce. Descubrelo > Recursos Naturales.
  14. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Tibes Barrio