Ruth Nevada Overview
Ruth Nevada, a company town for the Nevada Consolidated Cooper Company, was named for the Ruth mining claim which was named for Ruth McDonald, who was the three-year-old daughter of the original owner of the mining claim, Dan C. McDonald.
Founded in 1903.
Ruth Nevada History
Ruth was built for the adjacent Robinson Mine, a large open-pit copper mine, which is still in operation as of 2022.
By 1910 the settlement was already established a small distance from the first. The company provided the residents bunkhouses, a boarding house, and a hospital with all the utilities.
Saloons and bordellos were not permitted in the company town but were plentiful in the neighboring community of Riepetown.
Copper with traces of gold.
- Early 1900s – Ore discovered by Dan C. McDonald.
- 1903 – Ruth Nevada founded as a settlement for the White Pine Copper Company workers.
- 1904 – A mill was built by the Nevada Consolidated Copper Company
- February 8, 1904 – Post office established.
- 1906 – Nevada Northern Railway opened and copper production began to boom.
- 1907 – Steam shovels were used to strip the area.
- July 12, 1912 – A mine explosion on July 12, 1912 killed ten people.
- 1919 – Labor dispute when 150 copper miners walked out demanding higher wages.
- 1929 – Another explosion set off by dynamite blasts. 2 men were killed with a third injured.
- 1933 – Nevada Consolidated Copper Company was taken over by Kennecott Copper Corporation.
- 1955 – Ruth ceased being a company town when the houses were sold to the John W. Galbreath Company. Occupants were given the opportunity to purchase the homes they had been renting.
- 1955 – The community was moved two miles north to make way for expansion of the Deep Ruth mine.
- 1978 – Kennecott closed the mines in Ruth
- 1986 – The elementary school closed.
Population of Ruth Nevada
At the beginning of the Great Depression, Ruth had almost 2,300 inhabitants and had a population of 440 at the 2010 census.
Opened February 8, 1904 through present day.
- Land 0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)
- Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
- Total 0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)