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El Torno, Santa Cruz Dept., Bolivia

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Flag of El Torno, Bolivia image by Ivan Sache, 22 September 2019

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The municipality

The municipality of El Torno (49,652 inhabitants in 2012; 65,900 ha) is located 40 km south-west of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

El Torno was established on 19 June 1957 on the road connecting Santa Cruz to Cochabamba, on a plot offered by Rafael Larach. The origin of the name of the town; some refer to a curve ("torno") of river Pirai or of the railway, while other allude to a man who used a lathe to produce broom handles.
The oldest inhabitants of the place reject these hypothesis but cannot help to propose any plausible explanation. Baldomero Rioja, who cooked for the builders of the road, pointed out that the place was already known as El Torno when she settled there. For years, the main sources of income were yucca and bananas sold in Santa Cruz after a two-days journey on a cart.

The municipality of El Torno was established, as the 5th Municipal Section of the Andrés Ibáñez Province by Law No. 1,522 issued on 13 December 1993.
Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 22 September 2019

The flag

The flag of El Torno is horizontally divided yellow-white-green with the municipal coat of arms in the center, spanning over the three stripes.

The colors are prescribed as:
CMYK 0 25 98 0
RGB 250 180 40

CMYK 87 25 98 0
RGB 0 141 54

 Ivan Sache, 22 September 2019