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Ponte Preta, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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Ponte Preta, RS (Brazil) image by Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020

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The municipality of Ponte Preta (1,750 inhabitants in 2010; 10,000 ha) is located 400 km north of Porto Alegre.

Ponte Preta was established around 1910, as Lajeado Grande. To connect the settlement with neighboring Souto Neto and Linha 7, a bridge was erected over river Jupirangava. For the sake of preservation, the wooden bridge was coated with tar; accordingly, its official name, 3 October Bridge, was soon superseded by Black Bridge ("ponte preta").
The municipality of Ponte Preta was established by Municipal Law No. 9,537 promulgated on 20 March 1992.
Municipal website
Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020


The flag of Ponte Preta is white with the municipal coat of arms.


The coat of arms of Ponte Preta is prescribed by Municipal Law No. 4 promulgated on 7 January 1993.

Article 1.
Colors: Green, yellow, black, red and white.
Format: Coat of arms.
Crest: Surmounted by a black bridge ("ponte em preto").
A main lozenge [indeed, a rectangle] in the left part with a green-white-red flag, flanked by an open book surmounted by a wheat spike, inscribed "Educar para o Trabalho [Educate Through Work].
In the lower part, two animals representing cattle-breeding [a pig and a cow].
The shield surrounded by a maize plant and a soybean plant. Beneath the shield a red scroll inscribed with the municipality's date and name.
Municipal website
Photos of the Black Bridge

Ivan Sache, 2 August 2020