Verónica, Buenos Aires

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Verónica
Verónica is located in Argentina
Verónica
Verónica
Location in Argentina
Verónica is located in Argentina
Verónica
Verónica
Location in Buenos Aires Province
Coordinates: 35°23′S 57°20′W / 35.383°S 57.333°W / -35.383; -57.333Coordinates: 35°23′S 57°20′W / 35.383°S 57.333°W / -35.383; -57.333
Country  Argentina
Province Buenos Aires province flag.gif Buenos Aires
Partido Punta Indio
Founded 1915
Elevation 23 m (75 ft)
Population (2001 census [INDEC])
 • Total 5,772
CPA Base B 1917
Area code(s) +54 2221

Verónica is a town in Buenos Aires province, in Argentina. It is the capital of the district of Punta Indio.

History[edit]

The town was created on March 18, 1915 on land donated by Martín Tornquist, and named after his wife, Verónica Bernal.

A year before, on January 1, 1914, the railroad had arrived to Verónica from the city of La Plata.

In 1925 the Punta Indio Naval Base was established, 6 km (3.7 mi) from the downtown core. It became one of the pillars for the development of the town until it near dismantlement during the 1990s.

Demographics[edit]

Since the beginnings, the town showed a diversity in people's origins that can be traced to the first inhabitants. Besides the traditional Spanish-Italian population, a large number of immigrants from Germany and Eastern Europe (Poland and Croatia among others) established themselves in the area. Today, a German Boarding School (Escuela Hogar de Verónica) serves as a retreat for German schools from all over the country.[1][2] The town stood in for an Uruguayan town in the movie "The City of Your Final Destination" with Anthony Hopkins, Norma Aleandro and Laura Linney, released in 2009.

Economic activities[edit]

The main activities in the town are related to farming: agriculture, cattle and bird raising. More recently tourism started to develop around the old estancias in the area.

Sports[edit]

There are two major sports associations in Verónica: Club Juventud Unida and Club Social y Deportivo Verónica. They compete in regional football tournaments. Until 2001, a Turismo Carretera race was held at the Naval Base.

Transportation[edit]

Although the train link has been non-operational for many years, the building of the train station is still operational, although nowadays it is used for cultural associations. A regular bus service is established between Verónica and La Plata, provided by Expreso La Plata. There are also mini-buses that connect with both La Plata and Buenos Aires. Local transport circulates within the town, and connects Verónica with Punta Indio and Pipinas.

Notable Veroniquenses[edit]

Reposo, Daniel Gustavo, 1966

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosario Goethe School (accessed 2006/11/13)
  2. ^ Entre Ríos German Association (accessed 2006/11/13)