Promyshlenny mining town in Russia was once large settlement, with its own house of culture, a school in which there was a swimming pool, and an indoor skating rink. But since the 2000s, no one lives here, and all social facilities are falling apart.
Now it’s just a few buildings among the endless tundra. And it looks very strange, especially when some buildings look completely intact, while others are pompous and majestic.
We turn onto a broken road and after a few hundred meters we come to a ruined bridge. The river Yzyuraozh used to divide the village into two parts. For the convenience of residents, there were several bridges, but with the passage of time they were washed away. So then only on foot.
The mining town was completely abandoned in 2007. One of the main events preceding this was the tragedy at the Tsentralnaya mine. It occurred in January 1998, as a result of a fire and a subsequent explosion of methane, a large-scale collapse occurred. At that time there were 49 miners in the mine, 22 of them worked on the upper horizons and were able to get out on their own. The remaining 27 miners were trapped under the rubble at a depth of 900m. When rescuers were able to reach the center of destruction, the bodies of 4 miners were found there. Subsequent rescue operations were complicated by ongoing fires and impassable rubble with a length of at least 10 km. The bodies of 23 miners have not been found and have not been brought to the surface. The mine was filled with water and closed.
But the tragedies associated with the Tsentralnaya mine did not end there. In 2000, there was the liquidation of the mine, the removal of waste heaps, and the demolition of buildings. When one of the buildings collapsed, 3 people died.
After the closure of the mine, the process of liquidation of the village began, people began to move in search of work. By 2007, there were no residents left in the village of Promyshlenniy, and the houses began to be demolished. To date, only municipal facilities have been preserved. We will start with a visit to the skating rink.
The abandoned skating rink has a round shape, before of course there was a roof. The construction of the building allows you to freeze ice without special devices. Around the perimeter of the circle, at a level of up to a meter, there are special holes. In winter, they are opened, and the cold from the street works better than any devices. A mosaic panel has been preserved in the foyer, this is a Soviet element of decor.
The next object of our interest was abandoned school. This is a great building for elementary and middle school students. In addition to classes, the school had its own gym, dining room, and even a swimming pool.
Some abandoned buildings have been preserved very poorly, it is dangerous to go into one, and there is nowhere else to go into others. Kindergartens, administration, restaurant, boarding school. Of course, now these places are recognized only by stories or marks on the Internet.
There was another interesting abandoned building: the House of Culture. It was an impressive building, with columns, with a full-fledged auditorium, with classes for creative work. I have already met a similar project in another half-abandoned mining town.
Below you may find more photos made at abandoned mining town. A dozen more years will pass and only memories will remain of this place.