Ruby, Arizona: Mining, Mayhem and Murder
By Matt Marine
The ghost town of Ruby, Arizona is one of the best preserved ghost towns in southern Arizona and is a must-see for any ghost town aficionado.
The same goes for this book. It is a must-read for those interested in Arizona, mining history and ghost towns. The book spans all the important eras of the town: from the very beginning to the boom days, to the decline and eventual abandonment of the town, to the hippie years and finally its resurrection. There's also a good amount of time spent on a series of brutal murders that happened at the Ruby General Store which made national news.
The history of Ruby is intimately tied to mining, especially the Montana Mine. The Montana gave Ruby life, but as with many of the mines in the area, it's life span was fairly short. The authors did a great job of describing the mine and what it meant to the people of Ruby.
Residents of Ruby were a hardy breed and it was clear from the personal accounts in the book, they thought of themselves as a large, extended family. I thoroughly enjoyed these personal accounts and reading about life in a small, mining town in southern Arizona.
The book is well-written and interesting. The authors do a great job at walking the thin line between giving too much detail and over-generalizing. It is one of the best books of this kind (small town Arizona history) that I have read to date. I highly recommend it.
Where to buy Ruby, Arizona: Mining, Mayhem and Murder:
Ring Brothers History
A great read. Very interesting and entertaining!
The photos really helped tell the story.
The personal information and stories shared by previous Ruby residents.
Information regarding mining and ranching during this time period.
Although it contains some information on the mining process, I would have liked a chapter on mining details, equipment, etc.
A little bit more of the personal day to day life of the Ruby residents. I found that extremely interesting.
This book is one of the best southern Arizona historical books I have read containing a wealth of well-researched information and photos. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Arizona history.