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History Of Sibai
February 16, 2017 00:46


According to a legend, a hunter from the village of Old Sibai found red clay while digging a marten’s hole in early XX century. The clay was taken to the Mines Administration for analysis, and the analysis showed that this was brown iron ore with inclusions of gold and silver. Thus the Sibai deposit was opened.

Its exploration started soon, and the first mine was opened in 1915. The mine had not worked for a long time - during the civil war it was flooded. The works were resumed only in November of 1925. The ore was transported on horses and bulls and delivered to the Baimak Copper-smelting Plant. And the new working settlement of Sibai was being built nearby. In 1939 a new deposit was opened in the vicinity and called Novosibaiskoe. The ore was found too deep, at the depth of 80 meters. All this made it possible to launch its own copper-smelting plant in Sibai several years later.

Not only copper was mined here: during the war the local Komsomol members gave two and a half kilograms of gold to the Fund of Victory; for this deed they were awarded by a letter of gratitude from Stalin. In 1948 the construction of the Bashkir Copper-Sulfur Plant started, and this plant is still giving life and work to the entire Sibai that received the status of a town in 1955. The truth is that now this enterprise has become a branch of the Uchalinskiy Ore Mining and Processing Complex. The 100-millionth ton of ore was extracted at the complex in 2000. At the same time the works at the depth of 500 meters were suspended because of the risk of collapse of the quarry’s walls.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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