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.
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