Cinco Saltos

Cinco Saltos
—  City  —
Cinco Saltos is located in Argentina
Cinco Saltos
Location of Cinco Saltos in Argentina
Coordinates: 38°49′S 68°4′W / 38.817°S 68.067°W / -38.817; -68.067Coordinates: 38°49′S 68°4′W / 38.817°S 68.067°W / -38.817; -68.067
Country  Argentina
Province Río Negro
Department General Roca
 - Total 19,819
Time zone ART (UTC-3)
CPA base R8303
Dialing code +54 299

Cinco Saltos is a city in the province of Río Negro, Argentina, located on the eastern side of the valley of the Neuquén River, near the Pellegrini Lake, about 20 kilometres (12 mi) from northwest of Neuquén and 25 kilometres (16 mi) from Allen. It has 19,819 inhabitants as per the 2001 census [INDEC].

The name Cinco Saltos (literally "Five Jumps") refers to the five level steps of the canal that starts upstream at the Ingeniero Ballester Dam and passes by the eastern limit of the city.



The first settlers came to this land in 1914. At first the layout of the town was made in the area north of the railroad, but in 1918 floods covered such lots and prevented further building. On September 16, 1925 formed the Village Development Committee. During the early years, the city did not have health care, safe medical mobile, just on 3 January 1960, it opened the local rural hospital, with the presence of the then Governor Edgardo Castello. The city's growth was boosted by the creation of the plant production of caustic soda, chlorine and vinyl chloride monomer. This factory has improved the income of ordinary workers and professionals, facilitated the creation of the Industrial School No. 1 "Dr. Armando Novelli, Chemical orientation, but (as ratified several Council reports of Ecology and Environment - CODEMA River Journal Black 06.04.1921 - National Ecological Action Network) has caused pollution, although in 1992 the company filed for bankruptcy, and in 1995 closed its doors, causing a large depression in the city job, and emigration workers in the city. For 2004, the population began to increase due to the change in oil exploration and exploitation, using professionals in the city, and otherwise serving as a city of residence of the complex population Neuquén (Capital).


Cinco Saltos is a very strange city, has its legends and mysteries. It is also the fifth most haunted city in the world by the television channel Infinity. Some of his best-known mysteries were in the Pellegrini Lake for example, tells the story that the baby drowned in the lake for over 50 years and that his ghost is still there, if you go at night to the lake and removed photos can see the ghost. Another mystery was the baby of the cemetery that is fully formed, meaning that her body is not burned to death. And also, it's not a mystery, but there are people who do black magic in a valley behind the town. Not forgetting the UFO sightings in the Pellegrini and The Arroyones. And although not a mystery but it adds another flavor, is knowing that the walls are no fossils of dinosaurs to which we must protect, promote conservation projects declaring the site as an area of paleontological research.


The town's original name was La Picasa, a horse hair Picaza baguala who roamed the area. Years later, at the opening of the railway station, it was named Cinco Saltos, referred to the falls of the canal that run near the same.


It had 17,739 inhabitants (INDEC, 2001), representing a decrease of 6.3% compared with 18,931 inhabitants (INDEC, 1991) the previous census. Cinco Saltos population has declined over the last two official censuses. For its population, Cinco Saltos held on 7 th place in the province of Río Negro.


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