Okanogan County, Washington
|"Ruby was the Queen city of the Okanogan county silver boom. Ruby
was born in the spring of 1886. Main Street, following this county
road, was 60 feet wide, both sides were solidly lined by business
places for a quarter of a mile. Cabins and shacks clung to the hillsides.
Ruby rocked when miners poured in from the First Thought, The Arlington,
Fourth of July and other notable mines in ridges to the west. With
whiskey a dollar a quart, no one went thirsty. Temporary Okanogan
County seat for 11 months. Ruby was abandoned overnight when the price
dropped out of silver in 1893. Only a few stone foundations remain,
of what was the most famous mining camp in the Northwest."
Photograph Copyright © 2003, Maggie Rail
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