The New International Encyclopædia/Tobolsk (capital)

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TOBOLSK. The capital of the government of the same name in Western Siberia, situated on the Irtysh at its junction with the Tobol and 172 miles north of Tiumen, the terminal of the North Siberian Railway (Map: Asia, F 3). It is well built and has a picturesque appearance with its Kremlin and numerous churches. Its importance has greatly diminished since the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Its chief industries are fishing and fur-making. Tobolsk was founded in 1587 and is one of the oldest Russian settlements in Siberia. Population, in 1897, 20,427.