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Cuilapa in Municipality of Cuilapa, Santa Rosa, Guatemala
 

Los Esclavos Bridge

 
 
Los Esclavos Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 18, 2015
1. Los Esclavos Bridge Marker
Inscription. El 17 de febrero de 1592 se abrieron
Los cimientos de este puente bajo la
Inspección del Ayuntamiento o Cabildo
De Guatemala siendo Alcaldes Ordinarios
Justo Rodríguez Cabrillo de Medrano
Y Don Rodrigo de Fuentes y Guzmán.
A las órdenes de estos se pusieron los
Arquitectos Franco Tirado y Diego Felipe.
Se pusieron por Don Francisco
Fuentes y Guzmán el Año de 1600. Después
De estas épocas se le han hecho varias
Composturas y hoy la última de alguna
Consideración por el Consulado de
Comercio de Guatemala bajo los auspicios
De Don Ángel Sánchez de León, Febrero de 1854
Restituida por la Municipalidad de 1957

English translation:
Construction began on this bridge on February 17, 1592 by the Government of Guatemala under the Mayors Justo Rodríguez Cabrillo de Medrano. and Don Rodrigo de Fuentes y Guzmán. The architects were Franco Tirado and Diego Felipe. It was finished in 1600 by Francisco Fuentes y Guzmán. Since then it has been repaired numerous times, With the most serious repair done by the Commerce Commission under the direction of Ángel Sánchez de León in February 1854. It was restored again by the Municipality in 1957.

 
Location. 14° 15.213′ N, 90° 
Wide view of Los Esclavos Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 18, 2015
2. Wide view of Los Esclavos Bridge Marker
16.633′ W. Marker is in Cuilapa, Santa Rosa, in Municipality of Cuilapa. Touch for map. The marker is half-way across the bridge, close to Kilometer 66.5 on the Inter-American Highway near Cuilapa, Santa Rosa. Marker is in this post office area: Cuilapa, Santa Rosa 06001, Guatemala.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mayan Compacting Stone (approx. 3.4 kilometers away); First Ordination of a Priest in Cuilapa Cathedral (approx. 3.7 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .  1946 Pan-American Highway to El Salvador - Guatemala. Excerpt from Thayer Soule's travelogue, "The Road to Panama", archived in the Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution. The clip shows about 12 seconds worth of the bridge (0:38-0:52), and includes a shot of the marker. Or rather, an earlier version of the marker, as the wording would appear to be the same, but the marker seems to be made of marble. (Submitted on January 22, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Bridges & Viaducts
 
Los Esclavos Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 18, 2015
3. Los Esclavos Bridge
This view is looking north at the Esclavos Bridge from the new main highway bridge.
Los Esclavos Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 18, 2015
4. Los Esclavos Bridge
This view is looking west along the bridge.
Los Esclavos Bridge additional marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 18, 2015
5. Los Esclavos Bridge additional marker
This additional marker at the west end of the bridge reads (translated to English): Tribute from the Santa Rosa people in commemoration of 400 years since the beginning of the construction of Los Esclavos Bridge, February 17, 1592 - February 17, 1992.
Los Esclavos Power Station image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 18, 2015
6. Los Esclavos Power Station
A 14 MW hydroelectric plant is powered from water from this newer dam directly north of the Esclavos Bridge.
Los Esclavos newer bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, January 18, 2015
7. Los Esclavos newer bridge
The modern highway bridge seen from the Los Esclavos Bridge marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 22, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 496 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on January 22, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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