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The “Alma Negra” road connects the cities ofRio Tercero and Almafuerte through the southern sector, almost in a straight line. It bears this name for a particular reason that we are going to elucidate in this note.
Almafuerte is a town located in the central region of the province of Cordoba. It is located in the western part of the Tercero Arriba department, and is the cradle of myths and legends.This is because many mysterious episodes and cases occurred in these lands, which to this day have no explanation.The historian Fabian Tarquini, in a work of research and compilation of stories about the city, reveals some of these mysteries . This man devoted himself not only to the clarification of the past of the city, but also of the region. In addition, he managed to collect several popular legends that circulated and circulated through the area. In addition, it clarifies all the doubts that arise around this city. For example, why the pseudonym “Black Soul” attributed to this rural path.
In reality, although it may seem strange, the name “Black Soul” on this path, does not come from any ghost story . It does not come from bad light, nor from accidents, as one of the most controversial locations in terms of myths and legends. If not, it goes back to the colonial history of this town . It is due to a historical fact that happened back in the 20th century and even today its brands persist. During this century it was when communities and towns began to be organized along the territory of what are now known as Rio Tercero and Almafuerte. These localities would adopt this name thanks to their founders around 1918.A few decades ago, just 1km from the town of Almafuerte there was a hamlet where a flour mill operated and belonged to Pedro C. Molina .
During the planning and arrival of the railway, the layout of the stations was crucial to the dynamics of the localities . Above all, for the development of jobs and for their industrial growth.That is why , around each town or locality through which the railway passed, railway workshops were installed and many more businesses that promoted the economy of the places. In this context, the localities disputed the installation of the stations,since not having a railway stop meant a deterioration of the local economy .
Between the sector of Pedro C. Molina (founder of Almafuerte), where he had planned his town, and the sector in which one Carranza had taken, there was a short distance.Only one of the villages would be lucky enough to have a railway station.The chosen one was Almafuerte, so Carranza's project would be diluted . The territory of Eugenio Carranza, was abandoned , is today what is known as Alma Negra.
According to Tarquini, a history specialist in the area: “They say that, by way of irony, Pedro C. Molina said they had not chosen that place for the station because he probably had the 'black soul', unlike a 'strong soul'. This is one of the popular versions that stands around the pseudonym of the path “Black Soul”.
Another legend states that, in fact, the name is due to the Creole population of the place around the Carranza mill.Since most of its inhabitants and workers were of brunette or trigueña complexion . Thus, the name “Black Soul” would have emerged , as a clear mark of racism and in a pejorative sense , for this sector that would then shape the current path.
What story do you have, with the slander of a governor or the racism of an entire people?
Publication Date: 17/08/2020
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