Welcome to Copiapó

The town, nestling in the narrow valley floor on Río Copiapó's north bank, is the site of several historical firsts: South America's first railroad (completed 1852) ran from here to Caldera; here, too, appeared the nation's first telegraph and telephone lines, and Chile's first gasworks. All came on the back of the 18th-century gold boom and the rush to cash in on silver discovered at neighboring Chañarcillo in 1832. Today it's mainly copper that keeps the miners and beer-hall gals in the green.

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