Venado Tuerto (Spanish pronunciation: [beˈnaðo ˈtweɾto]) is a city in the south-west of the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, 322 km from the provincial capital. It has about 76,000 inhabitants (2010 census [INDEC]).
La esmeralda del sur
|Founded||April 26, 1884|
|Founded by||Eduardo Casey|
|• Intendente||Leonel Chiarella (Unión Cívica Radical)|
|• Total||47.05 km2 (18.17 sq mi)|
|Elevation||111 m (364 ft)|
|• Density||1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-3 (ART)|
|Dialing code||+54 3462|
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.
- 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. (in Spanish)