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Dawson City, Yukon Territory — The Canadian Territories
 

Ruby’s Place/La maison de Ruby

 
 
Ruby’s Place/La maison de Ruby Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 3, 2010
1. Ruby’s Place/La maison de Ruby Marker
Inscription. [English:]
Opened as a boarding house and laundry in 1902, the building was taken over by Mathilde “Ruby” Scott in 1935. For over 27 years, this former Paris Madame operated a brothel here, finding a ready clientele in the seasonal workers from the gold dredge camps. She operated with the tacit approval of local officials until 1961. With both gold mining and her business in decline, Ruby was charged with keeping a bawdy house. For the next 8 years, Ruby’s was simply a boarding house once more.

[French:]
Cet immeuble, érigé en 1903, était à l’origine une pension et une blanchisserie. Mathilde “Ruby” Scott en a fait l’acquisition en 1935. Pendant 27 ans, cette ancienne tenancière de maison close à Paris a exploité ici-même un bordel et a pu facilement se former une clientèle auprès de travailleurs saisonniers des camps des dragues. Elle a poursuivi ses activités en ayant l’approbation tacite des dirigents locaux jusqu’en 1961. Àpres le déclin de l’exploitation des mines d’or et de son enterprise, Ruby a été accusée d’avoir tenue un maison de débauche. Pendant les huit années qui ont suivi, la maison de Ruby est redevenue une pension.

Photo:Yukon Archive/Bobillier Collection/Archives du Yukon/Collection Bobillier
 
Erected by Parks Canada/Parcs Canada.

Ruby’s Place image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 2, 2010
2. Ruby’s Place
Marker to the right.

 
Location. 64° 3.672′ N, 139° 26.11′ W. Marker is in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Marker is on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Ruby's Place is on the east side of 2nd Street between Queen and Princess Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Dawson City, Yukon Territory Y0B 1G0, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harrington’s Store (within shouting distance of this marker); K.T.M. Company (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Tribute to the Miner (about 120 meters away); Billy Bigg’s Blacksmith Shop (about 120 meters away); Bank of British North America/La Bank of British North America (about 120 meters away); 3rd Avenue Complex (about 180 meters away); Dawson Daily News (about 180 meters away); Arctic Brotherhood Hall (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dawson City.
 
Additional keywords. Klondike Gold Rush, prostitution
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
Ruby’s Place, window display image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 2, 2010
3. Ruby’s Place, window display
Ruby’s Place, window display image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 2, 2010
4. Ruby’s Place, window display
Ruby’s Place, side alley and back. image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 4, 2010
5. Ruby’s Place, side alley and back.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 659 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 22, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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