Taldykorgan

Taldykorgan

Taldykorgan, a city in southeastern Kazakhstan and home to about 145,000 people. The city lies on the left bank of the Karatal River and in the western foothills of the Dzungarian Alatau Range.  Today Russians are the second-largest ethnic group after the Kazakhs among the 70 nationalities living in Taldykorgan like in many other northern cities in Kazakhstan.

History

In 1868, on the area of the winter pasture of Tal-Korgan, west of the Dzhungarsky Alatau Mountains, the settlement of Gavrilovka was set. Located close to the Chinese border, the town was renamed Taldykorgan in 1920.

The town expanded greatly in the 1940s, as production facilities were moved from the European part of Russia to beyond the Urals. And in 1944, Taldykorgan has declared a city and the region’s administrative center. In 1949 the construction of a branch line from the Turk-Sib Railway was completed that moved food products, construction materials, and other light industries dominate. At the same time big number of Russians moved to the city.  

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