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Beach of Pichilemu in 2008.

Pichilemu (Mapudungun: Small forest) is a beach resort city in central Chile. It is the capital of Cardenal Caro Province, and it is home to five historic monuments of Chile (Agustín Ross Cultural Centre (ex-Casino), Agustín Ross Park, Pichilemu railway station, El Árbol tunnel and Caballo de Agua) and was declared a "Zona Típica" (English: Traditional Area or Heritage Site) by National Monuments Council in 2004. As of 2002, 12,392 people were residing in Pichilemu.

Pichilemu was founded on December 22, 1891 by decree of President Jorge Montt and his Interior Minister Manuel José Irarrázabal. It was conceived as a beach resort for upper-class Chileans by Agustín Ross Edwards, a Chilean politician and member of the Ross Edwards family.

The city is part of District No. 35 and belongs to the 9th senatorial constituency of O'Higgins Region electoral division. Pichilemu is the main beach in O'Higgins Region, known as a place to surf, windsurf and funboard. Several surf championships take place in the city.

Tourism is the main industry of the city, but forestry and handicraft are also important. Pichilemu has many expansive dark sand beaches. Surfing competitions are frequently held at Punta de Lobos, which according to Fodor's is "widely considered the best surfing in South America year-round."

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Pichilemu railway station in 2004.
Pichilemu railway station (Spanish: Estación de Ferrocarriles de Pichilemu) was a railway station in Pichilemu. It is a wood construction dated circa 1925, located in front of the Petrel Lagoon, near Daniel Ortúzar Avenue (34°23′08.42″S 72°00′09.30″W / 34.3856722°S 72.0025833°W / -34.3856722; -72.0025833).

It remained in operation until the 1990s, and became a National Monument on September 16, 1994. It has since become an arts and culture center, and tourism information office. It exhibits decorative and practical objects from the 1920s, and features many old suits.

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House of José Arraño Acevedo in 2010.
José Santos Arraño Acevedo (14 October 1921 - 24 November 2009) was a famous writer and historian from Pichilemu, mostly known for his books on the city's history. He was one of the 12 sons of José Luis Arraño Ortiz and María Soledad Acevedo Caro.

During his childhood he lived in Pichilemu, and he later went to study in Los Hermanos Maristas School in San Fernando and the Pontifical Seminary of Santiago. He was a frequent collaborator of the Santiago's press through articles devoted to this colchaguinian area, always emphasizing embodied the beauty and the importance of his origins, in newspapers as Las Últimas Noticias or La Época and in dozens of other regional newspapers, taking Arraño Acevedo as the most important historian of Pichilemu and the most dedicated to promote Pichilemu's tourism. All his articles were gathered in two books: Pichilemu y sus alrededores turísticos and Hombres y Cosas de Pichilemu, also he habitually read many of his articles in his radio program, that was broadcast for almost a decade, La Hora de José Arraño Acevedo.

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Surfing in Punta de Lobos, 2009.

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  • September 9: Wikinews interviews Diego Grez, Chilean earthquake survivor
  • April 1: Roberto Córdova wins Concertación primary elections in Pichilemu, Chile
  • November 1: Fire in Pichilemu, Chile kills family of five
  • June 4: Brazilian surfer wins world championship in Pichilemu, Chile
  • May 28: Paraguayan ambassador to Chile visits Pichilemu hacienda after 'slavery' controversy
  • April 21: Surfer dies at beach in Pichilemu, Chile
  • March 29: Cardenal Caro Province governor: Pichilemu Municipality to leave 107 families homeless
  • March 12: Special report on Japanese tsunami emergency in Pichilemu, Chile
  • February 21: 2011 'Pichileminian Week' ends
  • January 2: 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Araucanía, Chile; no tsunami warning



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