Oral, Uralsk

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"NW Kazakhstan, on the Ural River. Among its industries are the repair of agricultural equipment, grain processing, and tanning. It was founded as Uralsk in 1622 by the Ural Cossacks, who fought with Stenka Razin in the uprising of 1667 and against the Bolsheviks in 1918-19. It was an important trade center on the border of European Russia and Kazakhstan." From the Columbia Encyclopedia [external link].

"western Kazakhstan, along the Ural (Zhayyq) River. Founded in 1613 or 1622 by Cossacks fleeing a tsarist punitive campaign, it was known as Yaitsky Gorodok until 1775, when its name was changed following the Pugachov Rebellion. The town was a centre of both the Stenka Razin (1667) and Yemelyan Pugachov (1773) uprisings and was the headquarters of the Ural Cossacks. It had a lively trade with European Russia in fish from the Ural River and livestock products from the Kazakh steppes. Its commercial importance began to decline in the early 20th century when the new railway to Turkistan bypassed it. Oral's industries today include leather and footwear, meatpacking, flour milling, some engineering, and a licorice works. The city has teacher-training and agricultural institutes, the oldest theatre in Kazakhstan, and a museum with historic Cossack mementos. The economy of the surrounding area is almost entirely agricultural, with stock breeding (sheep, goats, cattle, horses, and camels) predominating. Wheat, barley, and other grains are grown, and there are also extensive hay lands. Pop. (1997 est.) 214,700." From the Encyclopaedia Britannica [external link].

"The city in western Kazakstan, along the Ural River. Founded in 1613 or 1622 by Cossacks fleeing a tsarist punitive campaign, it was known as Yaitsky Gorodok until 1775, when its name was changed following the Pugachov Rebellion. The town was a centre of both the Stepka Razin (1667) and Yemelyan Pugachov (1773) uprisings and was the headquarters of the Ural Cossacks. It had a lively trade with European Russia in fish from the Ural River and livestock products from the Kazak steppes. Its commercial importance began to decline in the early 20th century when the new railway to Turkistan bypassed it. Oral's industries today include leather and footwear, meat-packing, flour milling, some engineering, and a licorice works. The city houses the oldest theatre in Kazakstan, and a museum with historic Cossack mementos.The economy of the surrounding area is almost entirely agricultural, with stock breeding (sheep, goats, cattle, horses, and camels) predominating. Wheat, barley, and other grains are grown, and there are also extensive haylands." Previously on the Gateway to Kazakhstan.

Akim of western Kazakhstan region [external link] is in Russian, English, and Kazakh; has a little info about Uralsk.

Uralsk Map with Kazakh nationality (click on map to see a larger image, shows location of Kazakhs) used with permission from World Map [external link].

Google user map [external link] was made by an adoptive mom, includes shopping, restaurants, and area attractions.

Yahoo Group: Uralsk Adopt [external link] is a list for pre- and post-adoptive parents whose kids came from Uralsk. Little activity since 2013.

Falling Rain [external link] has maps and current weather conditions (temperature, cloud cover and precipitation).

Terry Young [external link] was with the Peace Corp in Uralsk starting in March 2004 to April 2006.

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Visit Kazakhstan [external link] has information about the area, hotels, restaurants, etc.

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Aboutkazakhstan.com [external link]: population, hotels, city coat of arms, map, history, and pictures.

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Wiki: Oral [external link]

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Wiki Travel: Uralsk [external link] has lots of information.

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Ingvarr photo album [external link]

Hotels

  • Bayan: listed by All Hotels in Russia [external link]: 52 rooms, restaurant, shop, TV, phones, accepts credit cards.
  • Sayakhat
  • Pushkin [external link]: 42 standard rooms and 12 suites, internet connection, air conditioning system, satellite TV, stocked mini bar, local/international phone lines, restaurant, lounge, fully equipped gym, business facility, complimentary daily laundry and dry cleaning service, accepts all major credit cards, room service.
    "November/December 2005, $85/2 people, private bath with shower, hairdryer, refer, room service, air conditioned, heat, phones, TV, crib available, full kitchen, restaurant, bar, lounge, staff speaks English, elevator, internet access, accepts credit cards, walking distance to shopping. A real treat! I could not imagine staying at a nicer hotel in Uralsk. Many of the staff members speak English and really catered to the four families who were adopting. Room rate includes Internet, laundry, breakfast and the hotel is very clean!! We can't say enough about how well we have been treated and how wonderful they made our stay in Uralsk. I would highly recommend the Hotel Pushkin!!! Contact Brenda and Bryan [e-mail link] for details."
  • Chagall: "January/February 2005, $109/2 people, private bath with tub, shower, refer, mini bar, room service, heat, phones, TV, crib available, coffee shop, bar, lounge, staff speaks English, gift shop, internet access, accepts credit cards, walking distance to shopping. It was a good place to stay for the three weeks were where in Uralsk. Contact Margie [e-mail link] for more information.
    "September/October 2005, $90/2 people, private bath with tub, shower, hairdryer, refer, mini bar, room service, air conditioned, heat, phones, TV, crib available, lounge, staff speaks English, internet access, accepts credit cards, walking distance to shopping, 'Very good staff more than one speaks english, very helpful.Two english speaking TV channels - CNN and hallmark Good breakfast included in price, bar food good but a little limited.Dining otherwise expensive.I would stay there again.' Contact Eamonn [e-mail link] for details."
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