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Near (No Nearby Town. Out in Open Desert) in White Pine County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

1862 Fort Ruby 1869

 
 
Fort Ruby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, June 18, 2014
1. Fort Ruby Marker
Inscription. Colonel P. Edward Connor was ordered to build and command this post in 1862. The fort was built midway between Salt Lake City, Utah and Carson City, Nevada to protect the Overland Mail Route (Pony Express) and emigrant travelers from Indian raiders. Most Army outposts of this time were built in remote areas, but this post was classified by the Army as the "Worst Post in the West." In 1869 the completion of the transcontinental railroad brought an end to the Pony Express, and the need for this fort. Post Commander Captain Timothy was ordered to close the fort. He and his men returned "Worst Post in the West" back to the Nevada desert in 1869.
 
Erected 1994 by Lucinda Jane Saunders Chapter 1881 E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 40° 4.025′ N, 115° 31.827′ W. Marker is near (No Nearby Town. Out in Open Desert), Nevada, in White Pine County. Marker is on White Pine County Road (County Road 3) 53.7 miles north of U.S. 50, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The first, or last cottonwood trees as you enter or leave Ruby Valley mark Fort Ruby's location. Marker is in this post office area: Ely NV 89301, United States of America.
 
More about this marker.
Site of Fort Ruby image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, June 18, 2014
2. Site of Fort Ruby
This is probably one of the most remote historical markers in the Lower 48 States.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Ruby. Fort Ruby was about 300 miles from Salt Lake City and nearly the same distance from Carson City, far removed from what might loosely be called civilization in the old American West. Troops of the Third Regiment of California Volunteers, all 600 of them, arrived in September 1862, and spent a month constructing log structures. (Submitted on June 20, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
View E from the Fort Ruby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, June 18, 2014
3. View E from the Fort Ruby Marker
A commemorative flagpole is visible in the picture, Fort Ruby ruins at center right.
View S from the Fort Ruby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, June 18, 2014
4. View S from the Fort Ruby Marker
View W from the Fort Ruby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, June 18, 2014
5. View W from the Fort Ruby Marker
View N from the Fort Ruby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, June 18, 2014
6. View N from the Fort Ruby Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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