Virtual Guidebook to Northern and Central Nevada
Ruth
west of Ely Nevada


Of all the towns in the west with a legacy of mining, Ruth is perhaps the most extreme. The town barely exists, but the devastation of a century of mining stretches for miles. The huge open pits are south of the highway, but even if you just drive through you can't miss the mountain-sized waste heaps.


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Pinyon covered hills near the heap-leach mining operations at Ruth

(May 30, 2004)


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The vast open pit copper mines at Ruth

(May 30, 2004)


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Disused mine buildings near Ruth

(May 30, 2004)


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Downtown Ruth, surrounded by mine workings

(May 30, 2004)


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