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Puerto Casado, Paraguay, situated on the west bank of the Paraguay River, 190 miles north of Asuncion, was founded in 1889 by the Carlos Casado Company of Buenos Aires, Argentina, with 50 Paraguayan families. Serving largely as the center of the large tannery and cattle ranch owned by the Casado Company, it gained significance as a Chaco river port with the coming of the Mennonites, and was, until the establishment of the air service, almost ex­clusively the port used by the three Chaco Men­nonite colonies for all travel, exports, and imports. Narrow-gauge railroads run into the interior to facilitate the shipment of logs to the tannery. One of these railroads is used up to Kilometer 145 (Sta­tion Fred Engen) by the Mennonite colonists. It operates one train weekly and has special small cars (autovia) for passenger hire. Many of the 130 Men­nonites who died in the typhoid epidemic in 1927-1928 are buried in the town cemetery. In the late 1950s Puerto Casado had approximately 6,000 inhabitants, most of whom were in the employ of the Carlos Casado Company factories. It had one Catholic church. The town is approximately 240 feet above sea level. During the Chaco War of 1932-1935 the port became in­valuable to the Paraguayan army as a railhead and supply center.


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Author(s) Cornelius J Dyck
Date Published 1959

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Dyck, Cornelius J. "Puerto Casado (Departamento de Alto Paraguay, Paraguay)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 May 2016.,_Paraguay)&oldid=118689.

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Dyck, Cornelius J. (1959). Puerto Casado (Departamento de Alto Paraguay, Paraguay). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2016, from,_Paraguay)&oldid=118689.

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