New and Old Ruth

New and Old Ruth

In 1902 the discovery of an immense source of copper ore lead to the founding of Ruth, a company town just west of Ely in White Pine County. Its mining boom rivaled the bonanzas of precious metals on the western side of the state.  The tailings of the mammoth Liberty Pit copper mine loom over modern-day Ruth, whose Commercial Club Bar & Grill opens this VR tour. The community was known as a “traveling town,” moving five times to accommodate the expanding mining operations. Remnants of one of the earlier incarnations of the town can be seen atop the tailings behind the white building on the right side of the second panorama.


Click and drag to explore new and old Ruth, and the Liberty Pit.

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1 Comment
  • Deanna
    Posted at 11:21h, 02 October Reply

    WHOA! This MARVELOUS! I don’t know who you are, but thank you for this picture. I was actualy looking to see if there could be a picture of Old Ruth somewhere. We lived on No. 9 Hill until we had to move the house over the hill to New Ruth.

    Any help in that regard, and even more pictures like this of New Ruth would be wonderful.

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