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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Ruby, Alaska: 1915

Ruby, Alaska: 1915

Stern-wheelers Louise and Delta on the Yukon River circa 1915 at the Gold Rush supply center of Ruby, Alaska, which at its peak was home to some 3,000 people. A fire in 1929 and flood two years later obliterated much of the town, which today has fewer than 200 residents. View full size. Lomen Bros. photo.

 

Ruby is my home

Wow what a great picture. I was born and raised in Ruby Alaska. Most people who live in Ruby live a Subsistance life of living off the land. Hunting, fishig and trapping. It is a simple life but honest and hard working. I am proud to call Ruby my home.

Paul J

Gold Rush Days

In the gold rush days of Alaska some men would come to a new gold camp and become part of the community while others would do some prospecting and if they didn't make a big strike would move on. Thus some of the names on this list are people who may have only spent a short time in the Ruby mining district. Approximately 250 people are listed here because they had an unclaimed letter at the Ruby post office in 1912. Were they out mining on an area creek or had they moved on? In many cases we may never know.

Brrr

Ah, Ruby. Today it’s a checkpoint on the Iditarod, the northern route, and will be visited during the 2008 edition of the race. The trail is on the (frozen) Yukon River.
Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska

 
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