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Zapala is a city in the Patagonian province of Neuquén, Argentinamarker with about 32,000 inhabitants according to the .

The city is located at the geographic center of the province at the confluence of national and provincial roads, on a route to the Andes and Chilemarker. The city has an important cement factory.

Zapala is near the Laguna Blanca National Parkmarker and a ski resort and is situated in a steppe region, known as Pehuenia, which has small Araucaria forests and includes the nearby town of Aluminémarker and other towns.


Zapala was founded on 12 July 1913 around a railway station built by the Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway, a British-owned company taken over by the Ferrocarril General Roca after railway nationalisation in 1948 and, since railway privatisation in 1993, in the hands of Ferrosur Roca. The city is split in two by the railways; on one side there is a commercial district with old buildings, and on the other a modern residential area.

The station is a terminus at the end of the line from Bahia Blancamarker and Neuquén which was meant to continue across the Andes mountains into Chile. Construction was abandoned in the 1920s although resumption of construction was proposed in 2006.


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