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Aerophotography of Venado Tuerto
|Nickname(s): La esmeralda del sur|
|Founded||April 26, 1884|
|Founded by||Eduardo Casey|
|• Mayor||José Luis Freyre (Justicialist Party)|
|• Total||47.05 km2 (18.17 sq mi)|
|Elevation||111 m (364 ft)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||ART (UTC-3)|
|Dialing code||+54 3462|
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 Luis Freyre, of the Justicialist Party.
- Norma Beatriz Nolan (born 1938) Miss Universe 1962
- Leo Genovese (born 1979) Jazz musician
- Chris de Burgh (born 1948), musician, was born here
- Media related to Venado Tuerto at Wikimedia Commons
In Spanish unless otherwise noted.
- Municipalidad de Venado Tuerto (official website)
- Concejo Municipal de Venado Tuerto (official website)
- "Venado Tuerto". Santa Fe provincial government.
- Municipal information: Municipal Affairs Federal Institute (IFAM), Municipal Affairs Secretariat, Ministry of Interior, Argentina. (Spanish)