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«Katavka. A little story about a tiny village» (26 pics)

«Katavka. A little story about a tiny village» (26 pics)

At the 1674th kilometer (from Moscow) of the federal highway M5 «Ural», at the foot of the mountain range Bolshaya Suka, there is a tiny village Katavka. If you look closely, in the first photo you will notice a few small houses in the distance.

Once in spring 2009, I came to the village to take some photos. Yeah, in the spring, there's still snow in the Southern Ural. :)

Katavka was founded in 1843 by resettlers from the city of Katav-Ivanovsk and was originally called Novo-Katavskaya but eventually caught a simplified name, Katavka.

The village originated near the Bakal mines being developed at the time and the entire population of the village was engaged in mining and transporting ore. Currently, there are about two hundred people living in the village, mostly engaged in agriculture.

Not far from the entrance to the village is a monument to those who died in the Сivil War in Russia in the early 20th century.

The inscription reads: «Here, on June 11, 1919, Kutuzov V.G. and Kutuzov R.V., father and son, were brutally shot by the White Guardsmen».

Apparently, they were direct descendants of Anton Kutuzov, one of the founders of Katavka. In 1843, Anton Kutuzov built the first house in the newly formed settlement.

I left my car at the monument and took a walk around the village.

There was no one on the snowy streets but the dogs. The dogs didn't make a sound.

Despite the lack of people, the sunny weather and silent dogs made my walk quite curious.

As in all Russian villages, there are water pumps on the streets of Katavka.

This pictures shows a fire tower.

Classic country houses.

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Nowadays, some old houses are covered with aluminum siding. In my opinion, this is not good, because the spirit of the old Russian village disappears.

Village library. Unfortunately, I could not get inside — the door was closed.

Abandoned building.

Bus stops. The letter «A» used in the design of these stops is the first letter of the Russian word Автобус means bus.

On the horizon one can see the quarries of the aforementioned Bakal mines.

That's all it is.

Anyway, if you suddenly pass through Russia and the Southern Ural, visit the tiny village of Katavka. Just don't be surprised if you don't meet people on the streets. :)

Thank you for stopping by!

Katavka, Southern Ural, Russia.
March, 2009.

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