Kyubyume is an abandoned town on the junction of the old and new roads on the Kolyma Highway. From here to the west about 600km lies Yakutsk, to the north about 400km is Ust-Nera, and to the east on the old road about 200km is Tomtor and the northern Pole of Cold.
The town once had around 500 people, including a telegraph station and several truck garages for maintenance during the bitterly cold winter. Today the only inhabitants are a handful of squatters who salvage building materials to be sent to Yakutsk by truck.
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