COPIAPO. 1 Accion de 500 Pesos. buff, black. #2200. No 1104. Small format. Trimmed left border. Formed Chile 1841 to build a line from Copiapo, where large deposits of silver had been discovered, to the coast at Caldera, to carry the silver, other merchandise, and passengers. The inspiration came from William Wheelwright, an American living in Chile, who later built other railways in Chile. The line was later extended to Chanarcillo, a total of 142 km. This was Chile's first railway, and only the third in the whole of South America. Wheelwright dreamed of extending the line into and across Argentina, but could not obtain the necessary concessions. Taken over by the Chilean state in 1910. Vignette of a train, with passenger and freight cars. Oldest railroad certificate from Chile that we know of.
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