Ruby sign

I’m trying to learn to take my own advice to “Slow Down, have more FUN, and go on little mini-adventures” in the middle of my busy life!

Soooooo, my Sweetheart and I took a lovely autumnal day trip this week to explore the mining ghost town of Ruby, Arizona.

First mined in the 1870’s, Ruby is 50 miles southwest of Tucson and 4 miles north of the Mexico border, surrounded by the Coronado National Forest in an area of very rugged mountains covered with mesquite, walnut and oak trees. The road into Ruby is very rough and often impassable in monsoon and rainy seasons.

Ruby rust

There’s lots of old, rusty metal–(which you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!)

Ruby rust 2

And even an old wreck of a truck–which thrilled me no end–(don’t know why I love rusty stuff so much!)

Ruby truck 1

And there is an evocative beauty in the dissolving adobes that whisper stories of the miners and their families who called this rugged place their home.

Ruby adobe 1

Empty windows…

Ruby window 3

and broken doorways…

Ruby wreck 2

In its heyday, Ruby employed 300 miners (working round-the-clock shifts) and there were an estimated 1,200 people living in the town–mostly in tents and shacks cobbled together on the hillsides. There was a post office, school, cemetery, jail, saloons, stores, and even a hospital. 

But Ruby was most proud of their school…

Ruby school chalkboard

with its 3 stall privy,

Ruby school privy

its heated classrooms,

Ruby school stove

and it fabulous home-made (and death defying!) slide out back

Ruby school slide

The mine closed in 1940 after producing over $10,000,000 in lead, zinc, and copper (and lesser amounts of gold & silver.)

There is a sad, haunting quality in ruins–forgotten stories and lost history–but, in so many ways, it’s fun to wander through the past, glimpsing new vistas through old windows…

Ruby truck window

and stepping through forgotten doorways into new realms…  

Ruby door within door

We had a wonderful day in Ruby, wandering around, stepping back in time.

The ride out was glorious–recent rains had greened the hillsides and sent little creeks dashed along merrily…

Ruby creek

Please take time to go replenish your spirit and refill your soul in your own special way!

Don’t forget to enjoy the amazing things that surround us; the infinite beauty of nature, the gentle welcome of the season, and the pleasure of just “getting away from it all!”

Ruby doorway 1

Your life is waiting! Go grab it up with joy!


It’s too precious and fleeting to waste another second!  Go enjoy it!

 Autumnal Love to You From Kaitlin,

Mistress of Merriment

© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2015. All Rights Reserved.

4 comments on “RUBY ROAD TRIP!

  1. Thank you! Think it would be fun to take the ride to Ruby, a ghost town that spoke volumes and yet left so much unsaid.

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