Floresta used to be known as "De La Floresta" and there are two theories explaining the origin of the name. Some say that it is because it has always been an area full of plants, trees and flowers, and the name in itself has an origin similar to the word "flores," which means flowers. Other think that it was named after a recreational public area, owned by a Mr. Soldati, that was called "Kiosko de la Floresta". It was located in the middle of the Chilecito passage between Bahía Blanca and Joaquín V. González. It was a bar-cafe, where at night tango music and women added to the fun.
The place is a mixture of cultures, and has through its history been the destination of various migrations by Jewish, Muslim, Italian, Korean, Ukrainian, Slovene, Bolivian, Peruvian and Paraguayan communities. For many years, there where only "quintas" (villas) on its lands, and in the lagoons of the area formed by the Maldonado stream, and the rains, fishing was practiced.
The railroad of the West arrived in 1854, and the station that was built was named Floresta. In 1888 the name was changed to Vélez Sarsfield that is the same to this day. The main station of that railroad line was located were you can today find the Teatro Colón" (Columbus Theatre).
In Floresta the first line of "colectivos" (buses) was born. It ran along the street of Rivadavia and Lacarra until Primera Junta (First Gathering) in the neighborhood of Caballito. The founder of this public transportation, today so typical of Buenos Aires, was named Don Manuel Rosendo Pazos.
Floresta was also the place where the radiotelephony was originally used in Buenos Aires. There were a lot of wireless stations and radio hams stations, and the LOZ Radio Sudamérica (South America) transmitter found itself on Mercedes street, 284. There outstanding figures of the area gathered, like the actors Florencio Parravicini and Roberto Casaubón, the singer Ada Falcón, the violinist León Fontova, and the guitar player María Luisa Anido, among others. From here the details of the "Campeonato de Boxeo" (Boxing Championship) and the neighborhoods soccer matches were transmitted. You could also here information about the auction of properties in Mataderos de La Tablada, and Liniers area (3 km to the west of Floresta).
The day of Floresta is the 29th of August, to commemorate the date on which the train "La Porteña" arrived to the place called "la Floresta" in 1857.
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