Step by step, Korkina Sloboda - a border outpost - turned into an economic and administrative center of the region and in 1782 it received the status of the city by decree of Catherine II and a new name - Ishim. A little later it was given an emblem - a golden crucian in a blue field, as a sign that "the lakes around are full with these fish".
The great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin praised the creation of another of our countrymen - the fairy tale "The Humpbacked Horse". Its author Pyotr Yershov was born in 1815 in the village of Bezrukova near Ishim, was baptized in the city's Epiphany Cathedral. Later he opened the first girls' school in Ishim. The only exhibition in Russia, devoted to the remarkable poet, writer and teacher, is open in its building. The fairy little horse itself became the city's brand.
Some Decembrists lived in exile in Ishim too, the Poles who took part in the uprisings of the 1830s and 1860s were sent here for settlement as well. In May 1890, Anton Chekhov drove through Ishim, drinking coffee here and buying valenki. Nikolay Nikitin, the author of the Ostankino TV tower, spent his childhood in Ishim. In February-March 1921 Ishim district became the center of Russia's largest peasant uprising against the Bolsheviks.
There is an archaeological monument of the Bronze Age in the vicinity of Ishim: the ancient settlement called Swallow's Nest. It is also a beautiful place, which will not leave visitors uninspired.
Ishim citizens love their old city with its special, calm way of life and are always happy to welcome guests.