Las Piedras, Puerto Rico

Las Piedras, Puerto Rico

Artesian City

las piedras Las Piedras (lahs pee-AI-drahs) is known as the “City of Artisan” and its residents are called pedreños or pedrenses. The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception is the patron saint.

Las Piedras is the site of the origin of the Humacao River. It is bordered on the north by the municipality of Río Grande, on the east by Naguabo and Humacao, on the west by Juncos and San Lorenzo, and on the south by the municipality of Yabucoa.

The name Las Piedras refers to huge stones that were produced by a volcanic explosion in the area where the first houses in the settlement were built. Like Arecibo, Las Piedras is home to the “Indian Cave.” Preserved in this cavern are some of the petrogylphs carved by pre-Columbian inhabitants of the site.

The municipality’s economy was historically based on growing sugar cane, tobacco and fruit trees and raising livestock. Today, the main economic activity is manufacturing.

Foundation:

The municipality of Las Piedras was founded in 1801. The original population of Las Piedras was based on a hill along the shores of the Humacao River, during that time the area was covered by great boulders, the reason why it was baptized Ribera de Las Piedras (Stones/Boulder Shore). It was part of a ranch called “Hato Grande de los Delgados”, granted in 1626 by royal decree to Sebastián Delgado de Rivera, which covered an area that today is known as the municipalities of: Las Piedras; Caguas, Gurabo; parts of San Lorenzo, Juncos and Aguas Buenas. Legend has it that people called it “Ribera de Las Piedras” because of the boulders along the shore of the river where the town was established.

Location:

mapa las piedras Las Piedras is located in the center of the Island, it is bordered by: Canóvanas and Río Grande to the north, Yabucoa to the south, Naguabo and Humacao to the east, and Juncos to the west.

Area:

12.8 sq km / 43.4 sq mi

Population:

34,485 (census 2000)

Population Density:

305.7 per sq km / 794.5 per sq mi

People are known as:

Pedreños or Pedrences

Las Piedras is also known as:

Ciudad Artesanal (Artesian City)
Los Come Guábaras (The Guábaras Eaters)

Wards: Las Piedra, Puerto Rico

barrios las piedras

Census 2000:
Population by Wards – Las Piedras
Habitants
Boquerón 1,984
Ceiba 1,557
Collores 4,648
El Río 4,918
Las Piedras Town 1,911
Montones 6,096
Quebrada Arenas 4,386
Tejas 8,985
Total 34,485

Source: Censo 2000

Patron:

La Inmaculada Concepción María
Apartado 324
Las Piedras, P.R. 00771
(787) 733-2381

las piedras iglesia
Parroquia Inmaculada Concepcion

Topography:

The terrain of this municipality is mostly level. It belongs geographically to the region of Valleys of the Southeast. Nevertheless, it has spurs of the Luquillo Sierra range to the north and of the Cayey Sierra range to the south. In the Luquillo Sierra we find El Toro at 1,074 meters (3,523 feet) rising between: the wards of Guzmán, Arriba and Rio Grande; and the Las Piedras River. It is the highest point of this mountain range. The Cayey Sierra hills contain the Collores Hill at 369 meters (1,210 feet) in the Colores Ward; and the Asomante Hill at 270 meters (886 feet) in the Tejas Ward in the south.

Hydrography:

This municipality gives birth to one of the main affluents of the Grande de Loíza River, the Gurabo River. The river originates in the El Río ward in the Luquillo Sierra range at an elevation of about 900 meters (2,953 feet). It is approximately 32 kilometers (20 miles) long. Its affluents are: the Honda Gorge in the Rábanos ward; Arenas and the Valenciano Rivers that have their origen in the Montones ward; and water from the Montones and Muertos Gorges. The Humacao River rises in the Montones ward, this one ends at the eastern coast or the Passage of Vieques. All the aforefore mentioned end at the Grande de Loíza River in the Atlantic Ocean.

Economy:

Manufacturing: computers and pharmaceutical.

Flag:

las piedras bandera The flag of Las Piedras is formed by three horizontal strips of equal width, the superior (top) white, green the center and blue the inferior (bottom) one. In the center in yellow color resides the Taíno sun of the shield.

Coat Of Arms:

las piedras escudo In a silver field resides a blue monogram of the Holy Virgin, topped by a blue crown. Seven silver stones border the silver field and at the tip of the shield resides the Taíno sun in gold denominated as the “Sun of Las Piedras”.

Symbols:
  • The Holy Virgin’s monogram, blue on silver background, represents the Immaculate Conception, under whose title the Parochial Church of Las Piedras gave origin to the town.
  • The silver stones on a green background represent the boulders scattered thru region in which the municipality is located and from which the name comes.
  • The Taíno sun is a version of a indigenous carving found in a cavern named “Del Indio” in the Las Piedras region. It symbolizes the original native inhabitants of the area.

Events: 

las piedras

  • Güiro Festival – March
  • Folk Culture Festival – April
  • Cross Festival – May
  • Youth Festival – July
  • Folk Festival – September
  • Roast Pig Festival – November
  • Patron Saint Festival – December

Places To Visit: 

  • El Monte del Retiro
  • Indian Cave
  • Las Piedras Historical Museum
  • Francisco Negrón Park
  • Artisans Way
  • Juan Rosa Martínez Plaza

Distinguished Citizens 

  • Miguel Hernández Agosto – Distinguished politician, educator, farmer, lawyer and senator.
  • Silvia Ricardo – Judge
  • María Elena Gómez – Judge
  • Carmen Benítez – Distinguished educator and civic activist
  • Modesto Velázquez Flores- Prosecutor
  • José R. Camacho – Radio announcer
  • Eugenio López – Rancher and boxer
  • Víctor Torres – Historian and journalist
  • Zenón Hernández – Writer and poet

Public Schools sorted by educational levels.

Humacao Region
Las Piedras District

Name Level Telephone Address
Elementary
BENITO MEDINA K-6 (787) 733-6847 PO Box 1320, P.R. 00771-0000
CARMEN BENÍTEZ PK-3 (787) 733-2660 PO Box 98, P.R. 00771-0000
FRANCISCO TORRES K-6 (787) 733-2262 PO Box 98, P.R. 00771-0000
JOSÉ DE DIEGO K-6 (787) 733-8777 PO Box 1296, P.R. 00771-1296
LA FERMINA K-6 (787) 852-9766 PO Box 728, P.R. 00771-0000
LUIS MUÑOZ RIVERA K-6 (787) 733-1441 PO Box 98, P.R. 00771-0000
MATIAS RIVERA K-6 (787) 733-3113 PO Box 2021 Suite 139, P.R. 00771-0000
MILAGROS MARCANO K-6 (787) 733-4282 PO Box 98, P.R. 00771-0000
NUEVA JOSÉ D. ZAYAS K-6 (787) 716-1232 PO Box 1296, P.R. 00771-1296
Intermediate
LEONICIO MELÉNDEZ 7-9 (787) 733-2520 PO Box 1033, P.R. 00771-0000
SANTIAGO TORRES 7-9 (787) 733-1454 PO Box 98, P.R. 00771-0000
Secondary
FERNANDO ROIG Y ANEXO 5-7 (787) 733-9818 PO Box 26, P.R. 00771-0000
High School
FLORENCIA GARCÍA 10-12 (787) 716-0044 PO Box 1221, P.R. 00771-0000
RAMÓN POWER Y GIRALT 10-12 (787) 733-2561 PO Box 1276, P.R. 00771-0000

Hymn:

Author: Juan Casillas Alvarez – Music: Germán Peña

Somos de la Ribera
de Las Piedras, Puerto Rico
Que entre ríos y montañas
ampliamos horizontes
cultivando nuestra tierra.

En el Centro de Oriente
Quiso el Obispo de España
Que con amor y gran empeño
Fundara su templo en la montaña
los pedreños.

Somos del barco artesanos
Como pájaros cantores
nos da el sol sus esplendores
e ilumina en nuestras manos
la noble y gloriosa enseña
de la Patria Borinqueña.

Con valor, Oh Ribereños
miremos hacia el futuro
y al triunfo siempre seguros
y al triunfo siempre seguros
marcharemos los pedreños.

How to get to Las Piedras from San Juan.

direction las piedras

 

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