Some Boquete History

16 Feb

Here’s a picture of Ray downtown near the Central Park. They have an old railroad car on display, and Cleo worked the camera.

Chiriqui Railroad Car

Chiriqui Railroad Car

A Better Look at the Car

A Better Look at the Car

From a story in ‘El Bajareque’, a local bi-lingual paper:
“According to several publications, the first human settlements in Boquete were found between the years 300 AD and 600 AD. Many petroglyphs in Caldera indicate human presence before the conquest. Those petroglyphs could have been used, among others things, as route maps or signs for travelers.
During the colonial period, Boquete was a refuge for the indigenous cultures that used the surrounding mountains to escape from the Spanish oppression because the valley was very isolated.”
(Ray’s note: see previous posting about recent findings of tribal life several thousand years ago)

A railroad was built in 1916 at a cost of over $2,000,000. The road to Boquete opened in 1949, and the railway service closed in 1952. The road is currently being expanded to 4 lanes, at a cost of over $127,000,000. Current completion date is Nov. 3, 2013. But in Panama, MANANA (Spanish for maybe tomorrow) is always a factor. But work is going on now after being shut down in Nov. and Dec.

(See a previous post about findings of life thousands of years prior).

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