City `s history

In 1721, the Russian explorer Mikhailo Volkov, going up the river Tom, discovered a three-foot coal seam at the water's edge. He sent pieces of coal to the Moscow Berg Collegium. This is how Kuznetsk coal was discovered. It took the Tsarist government almost 200 years to begin the development of Kuznetsk coals.
From the very first days of the establishment of Soviet power in the territory of Kuzbass, an increase in coal mining begins. In the summer of 1921, an initiative group of American workers, led by the Dutch communist engineer S. Rutgers and the American communist B. Heywood, turned to the Soviet government with a proposal to create a colony of foreign workers and specialists in Kuzbass.

Encouraged by the consciousness of their international duty, the colonists brought a lively creative element into the economic life of the young city. In the fall of 1924, the Kuznetsk and Shcheglovsky uyezd were separated from the Tomsk province and transformed into a separated Kuznetsk okrug, with Shcheglovsk (Kemerovo) as its administrative center. With the development of industrial construction, the city begins to grow. In June 1930, a session of the City Council considered a draft plan for the layout of Shcheglovsk. The city was designed for 130 thousand inhabitants.
In the first days of the war, hundreds of Kemerovo residents put on soldier's greatcoats and went to the front. The first of our countrymen who took part in the battle with the Nazi hordes were soldiers and officers of the 681st regiment of the 133rd division. Almost all commanders here were from Kemerovo.
On January 26, 1943, by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, the Kuzbass industrial region is separated into an independent region. Kemerovo becomes the administrative center of the Kemerovo region.

Currently, Kemerovo is one of the largest industrial centers in the east of Russia, a city of energy, mechanical engineering, and chemistry.
There is an old saying - "so many countries, so many customs". It definitely suits Kemerovo too. Its biography, its problems, its own story, which is still largely unwritten.
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