Latitude / Longitude:
31°27′40″N 111°14′15″W / 31.46111°N 111.23750°W / 31.46111
4,186 ft (1,276 m)
Mountain (NO DST) (UTC-7)
Ruby is a populated place in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States. It was founded as a mining town in Bear Valley, originally named Montana Camp, so named because the miners were mining at the foot of Montana Peak.
Mining started around 1877. The Montana Mine produced gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper. At its peak in the mid-1930s, Ruby had a population of about 1,200.
Ruby is one of the two best-preserved mining ghost towns in Arizona, along with the Vulture Mine near Wickenburg, Arizona. Ruby’s attractions today include about 25 buildings under roof, including the old jail and houses, the old school, the playground, old mine machinery, buildings and mine workings. Ruby is entirely on private property and there is a charge for admission to the site.