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Mina Clavero Municipality

[municipal flag] image by Ivan Sache, 21 October 2018

The municipality of Mina Clavero (9,328 inhabitants in 2012) is located in the Traslasierra valley, north-western Córdoba Province.

Mina Clavero was originally inhabited by a Comechigon clan led by cacique Milan Navira. After surveys led by the Spanish mining engineer Hernando Romero, mines were inaugurated in 1898 north of Mina Clavero, which boosted the development of the region. The population of El Tránsito (today, Cura Brochero) started to increase, while the healing properties of the water of river Mina Clavero attracted the first tourists in the area.
Advised by José Gabriel Brochero, the parish priest of El Tránsito, Anastasia Favre de Merlo (1859-1946) and her husband, Manuel Merlo, established Hotel Merlo. This was the starting point of the development of Mina Clavero, which was incorporated as a municipality on 1 May 1928.

Law No. 26,030, adopted on 4 May 2005 by the National Congress, established Mina Clavero as the National Capital of Rally. This was a tribute to the local hero, the rally driver Jorge Recalde (1951-2001); known as the Traslasierra Condor, Recalde won in 1988 the Rally Argentina, being until now the only Argentine to have won a WRC round.
Municipal website

The flag of Mina Clavero was selected on 3 October among 19 proposals.
Submitted by Escuela Especial María Silvina Casañas de Recalde, the flag is horizontally divided brown-white-blue, charged in the center with a yellow sun.

The brown color predominates in the mountain landscape characteristic of the town, which is surrounded by the Sierras Grandes ("Big Mountains").
The white color evokes the purity of the air.
The blue color represents the pure and crystalline water that gushes forth from natural sources and contributes to the topography of the town (river Mina Clavero and its geological features).
The sun represents both the Sun of May, featured on the national flag, and the Jesuit sun, featured on the provincial flag, which shines over the horizon, enlightening every settler and inhabitant of Mina Clavero.

The flag shall be inaugurated on 11 October 2018, the town's day. Since there is no historical record of the town's foundation, 11 October was selected as the day Anastasia Favre de Merlo passed away (11 October 1946).
La Voz, 3 October 2018Ivan Sache, 21 Oct 2018