National Geographic : 1937 Dec
BONDS BETWEEN THE AMERICAS i £FL I\ /A 803 A TRAIN TAKES A LONG FERRY RIDE TO CHILEAN TRACKS! From the Baldwin Works near Philadelphia this ship sailed with a deckload of passenger coaches and ten locomotives in its hold. Set ashore on tracks at Valparaiso, engines got up steam, bells rang, whistles blew, and the shiny new trains rolled away for steep climbs among Chilean mountains (page 786). "Mass production, aggressive advertising, and sales campaigns appeal to their imagi nation." You can't drive your car, as yet, from New York to Buenos Aires. But that day is coming. Uncle Sam for years has worked with nations from Mexico to Argentina to build a great inter-American highway. With money from Congress our Bureau of Public Roads has helped with surveys; in many countries sections of the road are already open. From Caracas, in Venezuela, you can now drive southwest nearly 1,100 miles, via Cicuta, to BogotA, and from that high capital on down another 685 miles almost to the border of Ecuador. Through that land there yet remains to be built some 800 miles of road, to form another link in the inter-American highway. Peru is spending $12,500,000 on better roads (page 805). Car traffic from Concordia, on Chile's north frontier, to Santiago, 1,577 miles south, has been open since 1932. Parts of this road are not good, but it is passable the year round. Between Chile and Argentina, via the Andean passes to Mendoza, motorcars and buses are running-when this cold, crooked road is not blocked with snow. Plans are afoot to relocate this Trans-Andine road and cross the divide farther south, in the lake region, to save trouble with snow and slides. Besides these longer roads, with many bad stretches, shorter pieces of excellent paved highways occur. One 95-mile slab lies between Montevideo and Colonia, in Uruguay. "