View Full Version : Tuesday Trivia: Kolyma Highway

Star lover
June 26th, 2018, 07:08 AM
Kolyma Highway extends about 1,260 miles between Nizhny Bestyakh and Magadan in Russia's desolate, brutally cold Far East region.


The route was intended to give access to the gold mines in Magadan, but working on its construction was equivalent to a death sentence for the prisoners from the Stalinist Gulag labor camps, who built it using hand implements.


The hundreds of thousands who died there were buried beside the road or in the road bed itself, which is why Kolyma Highway is also known as the Road of Bones.

It was constructed in the Stalin era of the USSR by Dalstory, construction directorate. The first stretch was built by the inmates of the Sevvostlag labor camp in 1932. The construction continued (by inmates of the gulag camps) until 1953. The road is treated as a memorial. As the road was built on permafrost, interment into the fabric of the road was deemed more practical than digging new holes to bury the bodies.

June 26th, 2018, 07:46 AM
This is a creepy one. Interesting, but creepy. :icon_eek:

June 26th, 2018, 04:33 PM
Thank you for posting this. It's a good reminder of what Communism wrought.

June 26th, 2018, 05:40 PM
I am amazed at the wonderful trivia you give us each day. Much better than Yahoo news!!