Venado Tuerto

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Venado Tuerto
City
Aerophotography of Venado Tuerto
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Venado Tuerto is located in Argentina
Venado Tuerto
Venado Tuerto
Location of Venado Tuerto in Argentina
Coordinates: 33°45′S 61°58′W / 33.750°S 61.967°W / -33.750; -61.967Coordinates: 33°45′S 61°58′W / 33.750°S 61.967°W / -33.750; -61.967
Country Argentina
Province Santa Fe
Department General López
Founded April 26, 1884
Founded by Eduardo Casey
Government
 • Mayor José Freyre (Justicialist Party)
Area
 • Total 47.05 km2 (18.17 sq mi)
Elevation 111 m (364 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 82,520
 • Density 1,800/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
Demonym venadense
Time zone ART (UTC-3)
ZIP S2600
Dialing code +54 3462
Website Official website

Venado Tuerto (Spanish pronunciation: [beˈnaðo ˈtwerto]) is a city in the south-west of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, 322 km from the provincial capital. It has about 70,000 inhabitants (2001 census [INDEC]).

Venado Tuerto was founded on April 26, 1884 by Eduardo Casey, born in Lobos, Buenos Aires, in 1847. He was the son of two Irish immigrants who had amassed considerable wealth. Casey bought a large extension of land from where the natives had been recently expelled, to be employed for farming and horse breeding.

The name of the town literally means one-eyed deer, and its origin is unknown, though several folk legends circulate around it. In any case, it was not considered tasteful by some, and on several occasions a change was formally requested, mainly to 'Ciudad Casey' ('Casey City'), though never carried out.

The town was declared a city on December 16, 1935. As of 2008 its Mayor is José Freyre, of the Justicialist Party.

Notable Venadense[edit]

Norma Beatriz Nolan (1938- ) Miss Universe 1962

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In Spanish unless otherwise noted.