At the southern end of the Refuge are the remains of Fort Ruby, operating from 1862 to 1869 to protect the Overland Stage and Mail Company stations and route. The Overland Stage was the main road crossing Nevada in the 1850s and 1860s with stage stations built about every 20 miles for changing horses. This route was also used briefly by Pony Express riders. A station was established on the southeast side of Ruby Valley and Fort Ruby was built about 2 miles west of the station.
Page Photo Credits Officer's Row at Fort Ruby courtesy of Special Collections University of Reno-Nevada Library #1510A, Hospital at Fort Ruby courtesy National Archives, Still Pictures Branch, #NWDNS-77-KS-3-164, Men's barracks at Fort Ruby courtesy Special Collections, University of Reno-Nevada Library, #1510B
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2012