“Ruby River” was the third color we came up with for Montana Ghost Wood. One of our favorite places to fish in Montana, the Ruby River begins in the Gravelly Range of southwest Montana, flowing down the mountains into a broad, arid valley and into the Ruby Reservoir. From there the river flows into a valley that lies between the Ruby Range to the south and the magnificent Tobacco Root mountains to the north. The river ends with the confluence of the Jefferson River at Twin Bridges. In this region you will find a handful of 100-year-old barns that were once painted red many years ago. The red paint has faded away on most of these barns, leaving beautiful structures with weathered patinas of red and silver-grey.
The Ruby River was named for the deceptive red garnets that early settlers mistook for rubies. The river is narrow and meandering with sulphur springs along its banks. Because it is difficult to access, the river provides excellent fly-fishing in solitude for those who are floating or wading. Its brushy banks and occasional deep holes and undercut banks can make casting difficult.
The Ruby River has been at the center of Montana’s illustrious history. Fur trappers and natives knew the river well. Prospectors and road agents traveled along it carrying gold and supplies. Part of Montana’s folklore is how during the 1860’s and ‘70’s the stagecoach route called The Vigilante Trail, because of its association with bandits and groups of citizens formed to fight them, ran from Alder Gulch down the Ruby River to Twin Bridges and on to Bannack or Helena. When the gold-seekers moved on, traders and farmers found the Ruby River Valley a congenial place to settle and form long lasting communities.
The responses I get from Contractors, Designers, Architects and Home Owners alike is of astonishment when we introduce them to the beauty and versatility of Ruby River Red. The applications are limitless and the end result is a product that keeps em coming back for more. The really fun part is seeing all the new ways in which this product is utilized….. Our clients have really embraced Ruby Red for its boost to design and endless attributes, from environmental impact to pride in ownership.
Jason Schmidt, Colorado