Allen, Río Negro

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Downtown Allen
Downtown Allen
Coat of arms of Allen
Coat of arms
Allen is located in Argentina
Location of Allen in Argentina
Coordinates: 38°58′S 67°50′W / 38.967°S 67.833°W / -38.967; -67.833Coordinates: 38°58′S 67°50′W / 38.967°S 67.833°W / -38.967; -67.833
Country  Argentina
Province Río Negro
Department General Roca
Elevation 256 m (840 ft)
 • Total 26,083
Time zone ART (UTC-3)
CPA base R8328
Dialing code +54 2941
Climate BWk
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Allen is a city in the province of Río Negro, Argentina. It has 26,083 inhabitants as per the 2001 census [INDEC]. It is located on the left-hand (northern) side of the Alto Valle of the Río Negro, near its beginning in the confluence of the Neuquén and Limay rivers, about 20 km (12 mi) west of General Roca and 35 km (22 mi) east of Neuquén.

Allen was founded on 25 May 1910 by Patricio Piñeiro Sorondo. Its name was an homage to British engineer Charles Allen, a local landowner and member of the Gran Ferrocarril Sur railway company, who managed the construction of the city's train station.

The city is divided in half by a canal born in the Ingeniero Ballester Dam that brings water for irrigation from the Neuquén River. Its main traditional economic activity, which continues to be the most important, is the fruit industry. Allen is the National Capital of the Pear, hosting an annual National Festival of the Pear, and the seat of the Río Negro Fruit Market.