Fort Ruby

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Fort Ruby
Archeological activity at Fort Ruby, c. 2000s
Location White Pine County, Nevada, USA
Nearest city Hobson, Nevada
Built 1862
Architect 3rd Infantry,California Vol.
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
NRHP Reference # 66000460
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHL November 5, 1961[2]

Fort Ruby, also known as Camp Ruby, was built in 1862, during the American Civil War, in the "wilderness of eastern Nevada." It protected the overland mail coaches and Pony Express, which linked California to the Union. It was operated 1862 to 1869.[3]

It was located at the east entrance to the Overland Pass from Ruby Valley, near Hobson on the west side of Ruby Lake.

It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.[2][3]

Two of the four landmarked buildings were burned in a fire in 1992. Also, since the "log structures were in poor condition when this site was designated as a Landmark, and they have been altered and deteriorated significantly since designation," continued landmark status is under review.[3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Fort Ruby". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b c Charles W. Snell (July 14, 1966). "National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings: Fort Ruby" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 1 photo of Fort Ruby Cabins, exterior, from 1960 (and additional photos of unrelated Newlands Mansion, another NHL). PDF (2.82 MB)

Coordinates: 40°04′04″N 115°31′46″W / 40.06778°N 115.52944°W / 40.06778; -115.52944