Ghost Town – Ruby, AZ – Re-edited in Monochrome

These photos were made two years ago in Ruby, Arizona, a ghost town a few miles from the U.S. – Mexico border. Ruby is a former mining town that was abandoned in the 1940s. It is open to visitors a couple of days a week. Finding it is a bit of a trick and requires driving six miles on dirt roads with cattle and border patrol vehicles wandering about. You have to sign a waiver to enter the property because while visitors are welcome, this is not a walk in the park. Caution needs to be taken to not fall down the mine shaft or encounter rattlesnakes. There are two sections to the town: a housing area and the mining area.

These shots were taken soon after I got a dSLR but before taking classes and were shot as jpgs. I re-edited them this week in Lightroom to convert them to BW and re-crop them to make them a bit more interesting.


15 thoughts on “Ghost Town – Ruby, AZ – Re-edited in Monochrome

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you, Naima. The “vintage” makes me wonder if I should have edited them with some sepia tones to look older and perhaps a bit more grain. Maybe I can try again another time. Thanks for the great idea. Cheers

  1. photobyjohnbo

    I am going to have to go find this place before I head back north this summer! Great idea to convert to monochrome. Looking forward to a sepia treatment when you get a chance.

      1. vannillarock

        i have just looked it up on google maps, and while i am not put off by the 3+ hours from phoenix, it says restricted access. so is it off road vehicles only for a large part of the way?

  2. milfordstreet Post author

    No, the last 6 miles are a dirt road but we got to Rudy in a Toyota Corolla or something comparable. The biggest issue was a steer wandering into the road and not moving for a few minutes. The website ( ) lists the days of the week etc.

  3. izza ifzaal

    I wish to see the first picture with no filter chris! Just wanted to look hwo the ghost town looks 🙂 B


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