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Gus-Khrustalny

Gus-Khrustalny is a town in Vladimir Oblast, Russia, located on the Gus River (a tributary of the Oka River) 63km south of Vladimir, the administrative center of the oblast. Population: 65,000 (1970); 40,000 (1939); 17,900 (1926).EtymologyThe name of the town may be translated as "crystal goose", for it is known as one of the oldest centers of glass industry in Russia and stands on the Gus River. There are reasons to believe that its name is not derived from goose directly, but rather from the common Slavic term "goose" (in the respective languages) for a large (up to several gallons) bottle.HistoryGus-Khrustalny was founded in 1756 with the construction of a crystal plant, Gus Crystal. It was granted town status in 1931.Gus-Khrustalny is one of the towns of the Golden Ring.
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