The Ordzhonikidze name of was transferred to the other end of the city. The square at the confluence of the new Ordzhonikidze street with Komsomolskaya and Krasnoyarskaya ones was also named in honor of the people’s commissar of heavy industry, who helped organize the first expeditions to Norilsk and personally supervised Norilskstroy (the first Norilsk building organization).
Bohdan Hmelnitsky street at its birth was called Pionerskaya, and 50 years of October street used to be the Southern line.
Modern Talnahskaya and Begichev streets first formed a single Eastern line. Anisimov street was a continuation of Lomonosov one, Nansen street and Urvantsev Embankment were called just Embankment.
Dzerzhinsky street in the year of its creation was called Teatralny passage, despite the fact that the Drama Theater building was built there only a quarter of a century later. But the current Theater square, on the contrary, once bore the name of Iron Felix.
The street which has had more names than any others is Kirov street. It used to be Monchegorskaya first. Later it became Lenin street. Now it is called Kirov street. Moreover, initially part of this street was numbered according to the quarters on the city’s building plan. Like that: “17th quarter, building 15”.
Also, according to the first plans, Octyabrskaya square had to be Entrance square, and Metallurgists square – Constitution square.
In the History Spot photo project’s previous publication, we told why the Norilsk people still call their airport Alykel.
Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch archive