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The Pichilemu city hall, as seen in April 2011

Pichilemu (Mapudungun: Small forest, pronounced [pitʃiˈlemu] (About this sound listen)), originally known as Pichilemo, is a beach resort city and commune in central Chile, and capital of Cardenal Caro Province. The commune comprises an urban centre and twenty-two villages, such as Ciruelos, Cáhuil, and Espinillo. It is located southwest of Santiago, the capital of Chile. Pichilemu had over 13,000 residents as of 2012.

The Pichilemu area was long populated by the indigenous Promaucaes. European-Chilean development began in the mid-sixteenth century, as conquistador Pedro de Valdivia gave Juan Gómez de Almagro the Topocalma encomienda (which included the current territory of Pichilemu) in January 1541. Pichilemu was established as a subdelegation on 16 August 1867, and later as an "autonomous commune" on 22 December 1891, by decree of the President Jorge Montt and Interior Minister Manuel José Irarrázabal. Agustín Ross Edwards, a Chilean politician and member of the Ross Edwards family, planned to develop it as a beach resort on the Pacific Ocean for upper-class Chileans.

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Pichilemu railway station in 2004.
Pichilemu railway station (Spanish: Estación de Ferrocarriles de Pichilemu) was a railway station in Pichilemu. It is a wood construction dated circa 1925, located in front of the Petrel Lagoon, near Daniel Ortúzar Avenue (34°23′08.42″S 72°00′09.30″W / 34.3856722°S 72.0025833°W / -34.3856722; -72.0025833).

It remained in operation until the 1990s, and became a National Monument on September 16, 1994. It has since become an arts and culture center, and tourism information office. It exhibits decorative and practical objects from the 1920s, and features many old suits.

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Vargas in 2008.
Mauricio Antonio Vargas Villegas (born May 15, 1978) is a Chilean politician from Pichilemu.

Vargas was not elected in the 2008 municipal elections, but he obtained a 0,93 per centage (66 votes) from the total of 7.127 votes.

Vargas was later elected President of the Infiernillo Neighborhood Council.

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Jorge Vargas González.

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