Contributed by Maggie Rail, Oct 01, 2003, last edited Sep 05, 2011
records = 3.
Ruby cemetery is about 2 miles southwest from the Conconully Hwy
on Salmon Creek Road. It is off the road to the right and up a very
steep hill, coming from Conconully. The town of Ruby is on further
west and south.
The town of Ruby ceased to exist back in 1892 when the price
of silver dropped rapidly. I am told that a forest fire swept
through the area a few years later, burning every marker that
was in this cemetery.
According to a sign in Ruby, the town was placed on the state
register in March of 1971 by the Governor's Advisory Council on
It seems they did not use stone markers, but rather they used
flat wooden boards or wooden crosses to mark the burial spots
in the Ruby cemetery. Buzz Berney and I check all over the area
and could not come upon anything that seemed like a marker for
a burial site.
I walked and surveyed this cemetery on Sep 27, 2003, along with
Buzz Berney, who owns part of the land this cemetery is situated
on. The rest of it is on BLM land.
It was not a fun sport to reach this cemetery. There was no road
up to it, so it meant a climb of some distance to reach the top
of the hill, which was quite flat. I felt like it was at least
a mile climb. I later found out it was about 123ft.
This measurment was taked by Daryl Jacobson, who is researching
the area. He said the elevation was 2,060' for the cemetery, 1,937'
for the road below.
Fred Pflugrath did some searching for me and he came up with
three names of people who died in Ruby. As far as we can tell
from further research. This was the only cemetery started in this
area, when these three died, so I am listing them as buried in
- Maggie Rail
George, Estelle, d. Feb 09, 1892, age: 44yr, female
Hancock, Wm J, d. Nov 18, 1892, age: 32yr, male
Smith, L L, d. Jun 29, 1891, age: 25yr, male