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History Of Balashov
November 24, 2016 21:56


The first settlement appeared on the place of the modern Balashov in XVII or the first quarter of XVIII century. The founder of the village was a runaway peasant Balash (or Balashov).

According to another version, Balashov was founded by the Prince Vasily Balashka. In 1780 Balashov has been granted the status of district town by the decree of the Empress Catherine II.

A strong influence on the development of the town was rendered by the Kharkov-Balashov railway opened in 1895, which was a part of the private South-Eastern Railways nationalized in 1918. Another important event for the life of the town was the opening of Balashov district rural post-office in April 1876.

Even stamps with the image of the coat of arms of the town were issued to pay for letters and were valid until 1882. A collection of postcards with the views of Balashov of the beginning of XX century has preserved and was printed in Moscow with the participation of publishing houses of Balashov merchants.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina


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