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Bayamón, Puerto Rico
|Other names||El Pueblo del Chicharrón|
|Population||241,142 (2000 Census)|
|Mayor||Ramón Luis Rivera, Hijo (PNP)|
|Districts||Buena Vista, Cerro Gordo, Dajaos, Guaraguao Abajo, Guaraguao Arriba, Hato Tejas, Juan Sánchez, Minillas, Nuevo, Pájaros, Pueblo and Santa Olaya|
Called "El Pueblo del Chicharrón". Juan Ramírez de Arrellano established Bayamón as a town in May 22, 1772. Derives its name from a local Indian chief Bahamon, others claim that the name came from the Taíno word Bayamongo, which is the name of one of the rivers that cross the city.
Bayamón, Puerto Rico, is one of Puerto Rico's largest cities situated in what is considered to be the Metropolitan Area. Founded in 1772, the city of Bayamón was named after taino Indian chief or cacique. It shares its metropolitan area status with San Juan, Guaynabo, Toa Baja, Cataño and Carolina.
Bayamón's most progressive times came during the tenure of Ramón Luis Rivera as mayor. He lasted in the city hall from 1976 to 2001. Rivera was asked by his party, the New Progressist Party, to run for governor, but the main reason why he didn't do that was his lack of understanding of English. However, he thought of Bayamón as his piece of art, and he shaped it into an incredible city in which to live.
During his tenure, he built many exotic touristic attractions that Bayamoneses , Puerto Ricans and international tourists have enjoyed for years. These include El Parque del tren, which is a park featuring what was, until 2001, Puerto Rico's only working train, and an example of a DC-3 that used to fly for United Airlines. However El Parque del Tren was destroyed. A suspension bridge believed to be one of only 3 of its type in all of Puerto Rico and a science park known as Parque De Las Ciencias which many people have described as the Disney World of the Caribbean, and last but not least, city hall itself.
It shall be noted, that Bayamón's suspension bridge is a pedestrian bridge only; in other words, people cross an avenue on this bridge, it was not built for automobile use.
Rivera built a city hall that is a building that crosses over an avenue, and is believed to be the only one of its class around the world. Visitors inside the building can look down and see cars passing right under their legs. The building has a bridge that connects people from one side of it to the other.
There is also a 'Vaqueros' baseball team, but this one hasn't had as much luck as their basketball counterparts.
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