of the most preserved
in the state, was yet another lawless mining camp of many in the
West. However, its location, just four miles north of the Mexican
border, at the time that the Mexican Revolution was in full swing
after the turn of the century, made it even more prone to violence.
Within an 18-month period, two double murders took place at the
Ruby Mercantile and post office.
With it's bloody history, it would come as no surprise
if this old
ghost town is haunted.
But, search as I might, I could find no stories or tales of any
spiritual goings-on there. Well, .... there is one old legend that
tells of the mercantile having been built over an old padre's grave.
After the first double murder, while a police officer was
investigating, he was told by an old time local that there was a curse
on the building. Explaining further, the old-timer said: "Old Tio Pedro died years ago. He
predicted evil for the occupants of the post office ‘cause it was
built over an old padre’s grave.” The investigator confirmed the
superstition with the local peace officer, who informed the
investigator that, yes; the legend was common among the Mexicans of
An old slide stands behind the Ruby school.
Photo by Kathy Weiser. This image available for photographic prints
Perhaps, there was
something to the superstition, as murder and mayhem were not yet over
at the Ruby Mercantile. The store was sold
and the next occupants of the building were also killed a year and a
I visited the fascinating
in April, 2007, enamored with its many historic buildings. While, I
don't consider myself a ghost hunter, it seems, that I frequently "run
into" them, whether it's a story or tale I read or hear about, or, on
a rare occasion, a "glimpse" of one. In any event, we had roamed the
Ruby buildings for about an hour and as we
made our way back out, we stopped at the old Ruby
school along the way.
A fascinating building that still holds
its historic chalk boards, as well as some furnishings, I was
immediately hit "in the chest' with a feeling of a presence. When I do
"glimpse" a ghost, this is usually the way it first portrays itself -
with an extremely heavy feeling in the chest. I walk into the next
classroom where Dave is snapping photos, when we hear footsteps in the
other room. But, when we quickly return, there is no one there.
Suddenly, the footstep sounds begin again in the the room we just left.
Again, no one there.
Because, my focus is not the ghosts, but
I would ordinarily let this drop. However, the feeling is so intense I insist on going back and
talking to the caretaker. Have they heard of a ghost in the school
house? Dave argues, "they're going to think you're crazy." Oh, well. I
forge forward. No stories of ghosts in the school house. In fact, the
only thing that has been heard, is a story of a long dead old miner
that has made himself known.
But, I am sure that something unnatural
was in that schoolhouse, which happens just happens to be close to the
Ruby Mercantile. The presence; however,
didn't feel "malevolent," just there.
In any case, it was interesting and I'm
now wondering if anyone else has any tales of Ruby
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