NAME: Fort Ruby
COUNTY: White Pine
CLIMATE: Hot summer, cool winter.

COMMENTS: Great site to visit.
REMAINS: Nothing.


The first settler in Ruby Valley arrived in 1859. A trading post was built and the site was incorporated into the Pony Express route in 1860. The route was taken over by Overland Stage and operated until 1869. Indians plagued the stage line during the 1860s and it was decided a fort was necessary to protect the stage line and nearby settlers. Fort Ruby was established in late 1862 and a six-mile reservation was established. Conditions at Fort Ruby were less than ideal. The fort was labeled as a “fever breeder” and a “hospital filler.” The attack on Eight-Mile station on March 22, 1863 signaled the beginning of the Goshute War. Soldiers were constantly on patrol trying to protect White Pine County’s residents. A treaty was signed at Fort ruby on October 1, 1863 that ended hostilities in eastern Nevada. With the end of Indian troubles came the end of the need for Fort Ruby. The fort was officially abandoned on September 20, 1869. No buildings from Fort Ruby exist. In July 1992 the last two remaining buildings, the officers’ quarters and barracks, burned. The buildings were totally destroyed. .

Submitted by: Shawn Hall from his book Romancing Nevada's Past: Ghost Towns And Historic Sites Of Eureka, Lander, And White Pine Counties Click here to purchase his book!