Guaraguao

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Barrio Guaraguao
Scene in Barrio Guaraguao at PR-515 Westbound
Scene in Barrio Guaraguao at PR-515 Westbound
Location of barrio Guaraguao within the municipality of Ponce shown in red
Location of barrio Guaraguao within the municipality of Ponce shown in red
Country  Puerto Rico
Municipality Ponce2.gif Ponce
Area
 • Total 4.11 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 • Land 4.11 sq mi (10.6 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,017
 • Density 247/sq mi (95/km2)
  Source: 2000 Census

Guaraguao (Barrio Guaraguao) is one of the 31 barrios in the municipality of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Along with Anón, Coto Laurel, Marueño, Quebrada Limón, Real, and San Patricio, and the coastal barrios of Canas and Capitanejo, Guaraguao is one of the municipality's nine bordering barrios. It borders the municipalities of Adjuntas and Peñuelas. The name of this barrio is of native Taino Indian origin.[1] It was created in 1878.[2]

Location[edit]

Guaraguao is a mountainous rural barrio located in the northwestern section of the municipality, northwest of the city of Ponce. Its location makes it susceptible to heavy rains, landslides, and road closings.[3] The toponomy, or origin of the name, is related to the Guaraguao tree, Guarea trichilioides, in the Guarea ramiflora family, a tree that grows to heights between 20 and 70 feet with a maximum 3-foot wide trunk at the foot of mountains in the humid central zone of Puerto Rico.[4]

Boundaries[edit]

Guaraguao is bounded on the North by PR-516 (roughly), on the South by the hills north of Tierras Buenas Road, and the hills south of Las Lomas Road, on the West by the hills west of A Street, PR-501 (roughly), and Las Lomas Road (roughly), and on the East by PR-503, Rabanos I Road, PR-10 (roughly), the hills west of PR-123.[5][6]

In terms of barrio-to-barrio boundaries, Guaraguao is bounded in the North by Barrio San Patricio, and by Barrio Portugues of the municipality of Adjuntas, in the South by Magueyes and Marueño, in the West by Barrio Marueño, and by Barrio Rucio of the municipality of Peñuelas, and in the East by San Patricio and Tibes.[7]

Features and demographics[edit]

Guaraguao has 12.85 square miles (33 km2) of land area and no water area. In 2000, the population of Guaraguao was 1,669 persons, and it had a density of 130 persons per square mile.[8][9] Guaraguao is the seventh least densely populated barrio in the municipality of Ponce.[10] Major roads serving Barrio Guaraguao are PR-10, PR-123, PR-501, PR-515, and PR-516.[11] The communities of Las Lomas and Santas Pascuas are located in Guaraguao.

The highest point in Barrio Guaraguao stands at 3,280 feet and is located on the extreme northwestern tip of the barrio.[12]

Notable Landmarks[edit]

Guaraguao is abundant in fauna and flora, and it is home to many creeks and brooks. The largest river in barrio Guaraguao is Río Canas, which empties into the Caribbean Sea after merging with Río Pastillo in the city of Ponce to become Rio Matilde.[13] In a March 2010 competition sponsored by the Puerto Rico Water and Environment Association, the Guaraguao water filtering plant of the Puerto Rico Water Authority (Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados) was assessed to be the best-tasting water in Puerto Rico.[14]

Coordinates: 18°07′16″N 66°40′09″W / 18.1212401°N 66.6690940°W / 18.1212401; -66.6690940[15]

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. ^ Barrios de Ponce. Antepasados Esclavos.(From: Pedro Tomás de Córdoba. Memorias geográficas, históricas, económicas y estadísticas de la Isla de Puerto Rico.) Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  3. ^ Guaraguao: al ras de la desesperación. Jason Rodríguez Grafal. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 30. Issue 1479. Page 12. 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  4. ^ Government of the Municipality of Ponce. Periodico "El Señorial". Special issue: Carnaval Ponceño 2013. February 2013. Page 17. Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  5. ^ 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. Archived 2010-08-12 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  6. ^ Ponce Topographic Map. Map Styles: Map and Shaded. Trails.com. From: United States Geological Survey. Topo Map. Projection: NAD83/WGS84. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  7. ^ 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. Archived 2010-08-12 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  8. ^ 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 28, 2010.
  9. ^ CENSUS2
  10. ^ Barrio Guaraguao seventh least dense
  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. Archived 2010-08-12 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  12. ^ Maptest. Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine. 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. ^ 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. Archived 2010-08-12 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved February 28, 2010.
  14. ^ Periodico La Perla del Sur. Resumen de la semana: Del 15 al 21 de marzo de 2010.
  15. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Guaraguao Barrio