The photos were taken by NordSkif & Co. They are urban explorers based in Russia. The NordSkif & Co has been documenting urban decay, industrial abandonments, and rural decomposition since 2010.
Vorgashor is an urban locality (an urban-type settlement) under the administrative jurisdiction of Vorkuta, the town of republic significance in the Komi Republic, Russia. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 12,044.
History of Vorgashor
The settlement was founded in 1964 in connection with the construction of a new mine, necessary for the development of the Vorgashorsky coal deposit. The Russian translation of the name of the town sounds like “a stream by the deer trail.” There is indeed a stream near the settlement. Nowadays, the settlement adjoins with its northern borders the lake Bolshoi Khora-Homa-Ty, and in the south – to the lake Bolshoi Seryuta-Ty. Other boundaries of the city are marked by the Koita-Shor, Shaglya-Shop streams, and the upper waters of the Vorga-Shor brook.
In 1965-1988 the Vorgashor was the center of the Komsomolsk region. In terms of population (in 1989 — 25 thousand people), it was the largest settlement in Vorkuta and the Komi Republic, even many cities in the republic have a smaller population. In the 1980s, there were talks about assigning the status of a town to the settlement with the name “Komsomolsky”. The main industrial enterprise of the village was the Vorgashorskaya mine.
Since 2002, the Vorgashor population has decreased from 19 to 9 thousand people. The forming enterprise of the Vorgashor is Vorgashorskaya Mine, the largest coal mine in the European part of Russia and the most equipped of the enterprises of JSC Vorkutaugol. And as long as the mine is working, the Vorgashor will live — in the Soviet years, people came here to work and earn money and leave for the same reasons.
As you can see, the roads are being cleaned here and you can also get to Vorgashor by car. Of course, if it starts to notice or gets colder, then there is always a risk that the cars will stay here and it is possible that “until spring.” Such are the features of the local climate.
Photos of Decaying Vorgashor
Vorgashor on Google Maps
Vorgashor Coordinates: 67°35′N 63°47′E
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