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Notes on the Geography of Brazil: Manaus 30 Years Later: Photo 32

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Here's the power plant that opened in 1896. It used a steam engine to generate electricity for streetcars. Abandoned for some years, it was renovated in the 1980s and reopened as the Centro Cultural Usina Chaminé--that is, the Chimney Powerplant Cultural Center.

Henry Pearson offers this anecdote: "The street subway line in Manaos was built by Americans--in fact financed by them--and later sold to the government and for a time the service was good. Then one noon the engineer and his helpers had their siesta interrupted by the blowing out of a cylinder head on the great engine. Unfortunately no one was hurt, the aforementioned public servants escaping. At the time of my arrival new equipment was going in, competent engineers had been engaged and better service was in sight" (pp. 96-7).

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