Endangered cultural sites in the Americas
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Historic Center of Colón( World Monuments Fund )
Colón, named for Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón in Spanish), was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama Railroad. With its railroad and ports, Colón grew to a thriving city in the late 1800s and early 1900s, attracting people of Caribbean, European and Asian heritage. The city's historic center, with its eclectic architecture, reflects that diverse heritage. In the past half-century, the historic center has grown dilapidated as Colón has struggled with economic downtown and social unrest.