Ruby, a gold-rush town that boomed from 1907 to 1918, is attractively set on a sloping hillside on the Yukon River, between two bluffs. Most of the buildings, which include both log and wood-framed construction, face the river. There are a number of log buildings, many quite recently built, constructed of logs sawn flat on three sides, perhaps products of the city-owned sawmill in the center of town. Only one false-fronted building remains.
In 1929 a fire destroyed twenty-three buildings on Front Street, effectively removing the gold-rush-era commercial area.
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