Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

The Russian region of Kolyma is famous for its rich gold and tin fields. Cassiterite started to be extracted here back in the 1930s when it was realized it made no sense to bring it from England when they could get it in the Magadan region. The mine named after Sergey Lazo and the Factory of Chapaev were both opened in 1940. They had big plans which were not fated to be executed.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Roads of Kolyma.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Memorial cross… This place had four camps where prisoners were living and working. Some of them were miners.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

This place is not inhabited today but the roads and bridges have been preserved rather well.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Not everywhere though…

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Tall trees used to grow here, but all of them were cut down for construction and heating by those very prisoners.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Those who come here by car actually take a serious risk of losing their vehicle…

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

How can we move forward??

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Luckily, we manage to find another way.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

The hill is often visited by geologists looking for an ore-bearing vein.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Here it is – the concentrating mill named after Chapaev. It was built close to the mine of the same name to simplify the process of treating the ore.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

In the 1930s they did not extract much tin and gold, and it was brought from England. Here in Kolyma, they finally found the big deposits of cassiterite containing from 6 to 42 % of tin. Its quality was much better than that of what was brought from England. That is why they started building the mill. They say nobody who extracted cassiterite here ever returned alive… This mine was the one to frighten people.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Those camps were inhabited by thousands of people…

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Prisoners were brought here from all over Kolyma. They had a lot of work to do, and first of all they had to build a bridge… Those people were working in a cold season.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

They needed a lot of timber for construction so many prisoners were involved in timber harvesting. Political prisoners (party workers, lawyers, teachers, journalists, military men) got the dirtiest and hardest job.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Some instruments can still be found in the area. Probably this nail was forged here too.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

What is this one for?

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

The factory was closed in 1951.

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

New trees are becoming stronger and stronger and this place is getting more and more hard-to-reach…

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere

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3 thoughts on “Ghost Mill Miles From Nowhere”

  1. “In 1949 some friends and I came upon a noteworthy news item in Nature, a magazine of the Academy of Sciences. It reported in tiny type that in the course of excavations on the Kolyma River a subterranean ice lens had been discovered which has actually a frozen stream – and in it were found frozen specimens of prehistoric fauna some tens of thousands of years old. Whether fish or salamander, these were preserved in so fresh a state, the scientific correspondent reported, that those present immediately broke open the ice encasing the specimens and devoured them with relish on the spot.”

    “We understood because we ourselves were the same kind of people as those present at that event. We, too, were from that powerful tribe of zeks, unique on the face of the earth, the only people who could devour prehistoric salamander with relish.”

    I. Solzhenitsyn

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