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The waterwheel that extracted water from the farm that gave rise to Santiago de la Ribera is exposed in a local garden after its restoration (11/09/2020)

| The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo highlighted the importance of recovering the past of the municipality in the inauguration of the complex accompanied by José María Barnuevo who donated the Ferris wheel to the City Council for its public exhibition | The mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo highlighted yesterday the importance of recovering the past of the municipality in an act that served to inaugurate the recent location of the original Ferris wheel of the Torre Mínguez farm next to the avenue of the same name, in Santiago de la Riverbank.

The Ferris wheel, which can now be seen a few meters from where it was originally located, was loaned by the Barnuevo family, founder of the town, to the City Council, which commissioned its artisan restoration for public display. "Knowing how Sanjaviereños lived at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th transports us to a different San Javier" said the mayor who reiterated the City Council's commitment to "patrimonialize this type of ethnological elements that speak to us of tradition, uses and customs that they are transmitted from generation to generation.

" José Miguel Luengo, who was accompanied by José María Barnuevo, donor of the waterwheel that extracted water from the ground on the farm that gave rise to the town of Santiago de la Ribera, and by the Councilor for Culture, David Martínez, added that "recognition of this type of ethnological elements condemned to oblivion, and their recovery is our responsibility as a government.

" José María Barnuevo expressed his admiration for the restoration carried out on the ceña, which was in clear deterioration, with which the water was extracted from a well with the help of an animal that has also been recreated to give a didactic character to the set that has been equipped with monumental lighting.

The mayor thanked the Barnuevo family for donating the waterwheel, as well as the tombstone of the founders of Santiago de la Ribera, which after its restoration was placed on the facade of the church.

The donations of the Barnuevo family, together with the Maestre mill, recently recovered in San Javier, are part of a process of recovery of the historical and cultural heritage of the municipality that aims to become a large open-air museum, together with initiatives such as "San Javier, city of the air ",recalled the mayor of Culture, David Martínez. In an event that was attended by the municipal corporation and Ramón Galián, restorer of the waterwheel, the mayor recalled the effort to obtain fresh water in the municipality that this type of infrastructure demonstrates "so that the recovery of this heritage The history of the municipality is also a tribute to the founders and to those neighbors who in those years worked to make this town more prosperous ".

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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