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The town was laid out in the 1890ís in Lincoln Gulch. It died because of poor roads, market conditions and the isolation. Originally the town was called Lincoln Creek because of itís location on Lincoln Creek and it was in the Lincoln Mining district. During the early 1900ís the Ruby Mining and Development Company began buying up the claims. This meant the building of a boarding house and a mill to support their operations. Before 1906, when a wagon road was finally built, all the ore had to be hauled out using pack trains. All this helped the town to grow until about 1912. Some miners stayed on for years searching and sometimes finding some ore.

 The name was changed and it is still in dispute, one side says it was named after the Ruby Mining and Development Company, the other side says it was named after the ruby silver ore found in the area.  Either solution works for me.


After the rough 4x4 ride of about 14 miles into this area I was glad to get out and stretch my legs. The road winds through the forest, marshland and it contains plenty of rocks and ruts. It ends up in a beautiful valley. It is one of those roads where you just can not avoid getting bounced around.

Photos courtesy Mike Sinnwell August 2010

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