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Santa Fe has almost no cobblestone streets. They were a work of great quality, but the practicality of the asphalt made them disappear.
On March 15, 1887, the mayor Mariano Comas placed the first cobblestone and began work on Calle 23 de Diciembre (today General López) and Comercio (today San Martín). Three years later, massive paving with paving stones began .
They endured the climatic rigors of decades. Also the rattling of cars and trams . They covered themselves with the oily patina of fuel from cars, trucks and hundreds of collectives . In addition, over the years, constructions, modifications and even various destructions were banked.
Today, practically, there is no cobblestone pavement left in the city . Some little passengers lost in the central area, but not much more. Gradually, the asphalt gained space and covered all the streets of the city. The streets that are paved, of course, are not all.
With 30 years left until the end of the 18th century, the Cabildo santafesino ordered stones to be brought from the island Martin Garcia to cover some streets. The choice had to do with the origin of the place: the island is a rocky ensemble of the Brasilia Massif, whose age is estimated in millions years. With them, the first cobblestones were assembled. But in the middle of the 19th century the origin of the cobblestones changed: they came from Great Britain (they came from quarries in Ireland and Wales) as a ballast for ships that then brought grain to Europe.
Those pieces were made of a solid and compact stone that was placed on a bed of earth and sand. But its high cost made it possible to think of cheaper options. Then he turned to Martin Garcia's. At the beginning of the 20th century thousands of tons of cobblestones came from there to cover the city's many dirt streets.
The production was carried out by specialized people (Italian immigrants predominated, although many Spaniards and Yugoslavs later joined) who endured hard working days. Daily production ranged from 900 to 1000 pieces
Santafesino cobblestone was not just stone: it bore history , work, life.
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Publication Date: 17/08/2020
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