Southern Patagonia: Image Viewer for Photo Albums
1922-25 Baker Ranch: Landscapes
The former million-acre
was founded in 1916.
It was located in a remote, mountainous
area of southern Aysén, in Chilean Patagonia.
As a condition of this immense land concession,
the Chilean Government required that farm production be
exported through a port on the Pacific coast.
In the absence of physical infrastructure, the ranch company
was obliged to undertake various engineering works, including
several bridges and a tunnel.
Moreover, a high-powered launch was needed to handle
the powerful currents experienced on the River Baker.
These early photographs provide a first-hand view of
works undertaken in the not-so-distant past, when this corner of Patagonia
was truly a "last frontier".