National Geographic : 1913 Feb
Photo and copyright by The Keystone View Co. A IIANDSOME PLAZA IN CARACAS, VENIEZUI'ILA The Plaza Bolivar is the center of Caracas, and contains the cathedral, the archbishop's palace, and the national library. The streets cross each other at right angles, are all num bered, lighted by electricity, and generally well paved. The city was founded in 1567, and was almost entirely destroyed by a great earthquake in 1812. parable to that which has taken place in Porto Rico and in Cuba. NEWI YORK TO PANAMA lIY RAIL. IS IT A DREAM ? Then will the Pan-American Railroad become a living reality instead of a statesman's dream. Already, in antici pation of that day, Panama is preparing to build from the canal to the Costa Rican frontier. The gap to the Costa Rican Railroad is not a long one, and the connection through to Nicaragua would not be diffi- cult to build. From the national railway of Nicaragua to the one now being built by the United Fruit interests from the lower part of Salvador through to a con nection with the Guatemala Northern is only a short break, and then there would be actual rail connection from Panama to New York. Of course the idea of through trains or even through cars is little more than a dream, since the roads are of varying gauges, and it will be many a year before it can even be hoped that they will all be converted to standard gauge.