RUTH

NAME: Ruth
COUNTY: White Pine
ROADS: 4WD
GRID: 1
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Anytime.

COMMENTS: Interesting Scenery.
REMAINS: Semi-ghost

Ruth was a company town built in 1904 by the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company. Other buildings constructed included boardinghouses, bunkhouses, and a two-story hospital. Ruth actually was a boomtown during 1909 and 1910 with a population of more than 500. Ruth was a quit town since bars were banned. As long as mining was good, Ruth continued to prosper. By 1928, the town had a population of 2,200 and an impressive business district. The two major mining companies in the district were Consolidated Copper Mines and Kennecott Copper Corporation (formerly Nevada Consolidated). In 1958, Kennecott gained complete control of the mines. The old town of Ruth was moved to a new site to allow for expansion of the open-pit operation. The mines have been operating only intermittently during the past few years and as a result Ruth has lost most of its population. Once the mines reopen, Ruth will probably grow again.

Submitted by: HBC

 


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