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Are you looking for a unique and exciting travel destination? Look no further than Ruby, AZ. There are many reasons you should seriously consider visiting this city. Like most of Arizona, this city offers fabulously warm weather without the stifling humidity of eastern and coastal states. In addition to great weather, you will find fun activities that can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.Though it may be less well known than other Arizona destinations like Tucson and Phoenix, Ruby offers a great deal of fun and excitement.
The biggest draw of Ruby is its status as a ghost town; it is one of the best preserved ghost towns in Arizona and perhaps the country. Its rich history began when the Spaniards discovered the rich mineral resources available in the area in the 1700s. It was later settled prospectors who set up the Ruby Mercantile in the late 1800s. These settlers had to face the wrath of native Apache tribes, who resented the intrusion upon their homeland. Violence was further increased by the mining camp’s proximity to the Mexican border. In fact, the dangerous nature of life in Ruby caused it to grow very slowly in its early years. The Ruby Mercantile was passed from owner to owner; some were killed while others fled the lawlessness of the area to protect themselves and their family. The violence continued to increase and for many years Ruby was virtually deserted. No one wanted to live in a place that was home to so much murder and violence. With all the murder and mayhem that has occurred there, it is easy to see why the city has earned a reputation of a ghost town.
Today, visitors can visit Ruby by paying a nominal fee to its owners. The privately owned site boasts over two dozen of the original buildings including the jail, school, and houses. Visitors can also catch a glimpse of old mining equipment that was utilized in Ruby’s boom days. Visitors may also choose to do some fishing while they visit Ruby; the ghost town boasts lakes that contain catfish, blue gill, and large mouth bass. Families may also choose to camp onsite for a little added excitement. The owners are continuing to make improvements in order to preserve the ghost town for many years to come.
After visiting the ghost town, there are plenty of things to do in the surrounding area as well. If you have your passports handy, the Mexican border is a short four mile drive away. If you’re not feeling quite that adventurous, a trip to the Santa Cruz county seat of Nogales may be in order. It’s only about 30 miles east of Ruby, and is proud of its maintenance of its culture and ties to Mexico. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see many historical sites. In Nogales and the rest of Santa Cruz County, there are over 200 destinations listed on the National Register of Historic Places. So whether you’re a history buff, a thrill seeker wanting to visit a ghost town, or simply desire warmer weather, Ruby, AZ is the place to visit!