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District: Arpacay
Province: Kars
Country: Turkey
In 1879, Doukhobors established the village of Gorelovka (Гореловка) near Lake Kuyucuk in the Shuragel district of Kars province, Russia (present-day Arpacay district, Kars province, Turkey). It was named after the village of Novo-Goreloye in Elizavetpol from whence they came. There, the Doukhobors built an extensive irrigation-works that supplied water to their grain fields as well as the Kars-Tiflis Railway. In 1899, the village was abandoned following the Doukhobor migration to Canada. Thereafter, it was renamed Petropavlovka (Петропавловка) after St. Peter and St. Paul, and resettled by Russian Orthodox peasants. It was abandoned again in 1918-1921 when Russia ceded Kars to Turkey. Thereafter it was resettled by Turks and renamed Kuyucuk after the lake. That name, in turn, means "shallow well" in Turkish and refers to the high water table surrounding the lake, easily accessible through shallow wells. (1886 pop. 472) [40 44' 14" N - 43 25' 31" E]



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