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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Ruby.

This page contains eight sections:

Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Ruby, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ruby and the surrounding area.

Weather ...

Before heading outdoors, you should check the weather:

The National Weather Service forecast for Ruby and surrounding area.

Astronomy ...

Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help amateurs find their way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website lists the visible planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their track across the sky.

To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass the location for Ruby. Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude for your actual position.

The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Ruby.

Bird Watching ...

We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website to find local sighting reports and hotspots.

The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Seward County as the starting point when you click on the link below:

The Seward County sighting report from eBird.

Since Ruby is near Saline County and also Lancaster County, we have provided a link to their eBird sighting reports:

Sighting report for Saline County

Sighting report for Lancaster County

Waymarking ...

Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:

The Waymark.com website, centered on Ruby.

How Far From Ruby to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Ruby to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Ruby and extending to:

  • Seward [Map], which is the Seat of Seward County, lies just to the North.
  • Lincoln [Map], which is the State Capital of Nebraska, lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E). If you could walk a straight line from Ruby to Lincoln, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take just over a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 6 hours.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 1,068 miles [1,718.8 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take over two days, a buggy would take 42 days and walking would take 61 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,565 miles [10,565.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,318 miles [11,777.2 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,221 miles [8,402.4 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Ruby ...

We have found 32 communities that share the name Ruby.

While the name Ruby is unique within Nebraska, we know of another 32 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.


Communities Outside of Nebraska

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Alabama

Cullman County

Our profile page for Ruby, Cullman County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>

Although located in Cullman County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Walker County

Our profile page for Ruby, Walker County   [Map]

This community is historic.<8>

Distance: About 730 miles [1,174.8 km] to the Southeast.

Alaska

Our profile page for Ruby   [Map]

Distance: About 2,796 miles [4,499.7 km] to the Northwest.

Arizona

Santa Cruz County

Our profile page for Ruby, Santa Cruz County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,018 miles [1,638.3 km] to the Southwest.

Colorado

Gunnison County

Our profile page for Ruby, Gunnison County   [Map]

Distance: About 547 miles [880.3 km] to the West.

Mesa County

Our profile page for Ruby, Mesa County   [Map]

Distance: About 636 miles [1,023.5 km] to the West.

Pitkin County

Our profile page for Ruby, Pitkin County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 519 miles [835.2 km] to the West.

Georgia

Irwin County

Our profile page for Ruby, Irwin County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Irwin County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Jones County

Our profile page for Ruby, Jones County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Jones County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Idaho

Cassia County

Our profile page for Ruby, Cassia County   [Map]

Distance: About 870 miles [1,400.1 km] to the West Northwest.

Illinois

Winnebago County

Our profile page for Ruby, Winnebago County   [Map]

Distance: About 425 miles [684 km] to the East Northeast.

Kansas

Harper County

Our profile page for Ruby, Harper County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Harper County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Sedgwick County

Our profile page for Ruby, Sedgwick County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Sedgwick County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Kentucky

Bell County

Our profile page for Ruby, Bell County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Bell County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Louisiana

Rapides Parish

Our profile page for Ruby, Rapides Parish   [Map]

Distance: About 718 miles [1,155.5 km] to the South Southeast.

Michigan

Saint Clair County

Our profile page for Ruby, Saint Clair County   [Map]

Distance: About 757 miles [1,218.3 km] to the East Northeast.

Mississippi

Copiah County

Our profile page for Ruby, Copiah County   [Map]

Distance: About 720 miles [1,158.7 km] to the South Southeast.

Leflore County

Our profile page for Ruby, Leflore County   [Map]

Distance: About 619 miles [996.2 km] to the Southeast.

Montana

Madison County

Our profile page for Ruby, Madison County   [Map]

Distance: About 816 miles [1,313.2 km] to the West Northwest.

Nevada

Elko County

Our profile page for Ruby, Elko County   [Map]

Distance: About 931 miles [1,498.3 km] to the West.

New York

Ulster County

Our profile page for Ruby, Ulster County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,193 miles [1,919.9 km] to the East.

North Dakota

Nelson County

Our profile page for Ruby, Nelson County

We found mention of this community, but have little information.

Although located in Nelson County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Ohio

Gallia County

Our profile page for Ruby, Gallia County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 795 miles [1,279.4 km] to the East.

Ontario

Our profile page for Ruby   [Map]

Distance: About 1,042 miles [1,676.9 km] to the East Northeast.

Oregon

Multnomah County

Our profile page for Ruby, Multnomah County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,312 miles [2,111.5 km] to the West Northwest.

South Carolina

Chesterfield County

Our profile page for Ruby, Chesterfield County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,010 miles [1,625.4 km] to the East Southeast.

Virginia

Stafford County

Our profile page for Ruby, Stafford County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,049 miles [1,688.2 km] to the East.

Washington

Benton County

Our profile page for Ruby, Benton County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,169 miles [1,881.3 km] to the West Northwest.

Okanogan County

Our profile page for Ruby, Okanogan County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,225 miles [1,971.4 km] to the Northwest.

Pend Oreille County

Our profile page for Ruby, Pend Oreille County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,121 miles [1,804.1 km] to the Northwest.

Whatcom County

Our profile page for Ruby, Whatcom County   [Map]

This community is historic.

Distance: About 1,288 miles [2,072.8 km] to the Northwest.

Wisconsin

Chippewa County

Our profile page for Ruby, Chippewa County   [Map]

Distance: About 429 miles [690.4 km] to the Northeast.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ruby ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Beaver Crossing   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the West of Ruby   [Map]

Crete   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Emerald   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the East   [Map]

Friend   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Grover   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Huskerville   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Malcolm   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Marysville (Historic)   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Pleasant Hill   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the South   [Map]

Riverside Park   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Woodlawn   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Ruby. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Philip Abbott     (Born as Philip Abbott Alexander)

Actor. He was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Thursday March 20, 1924 and died in Tarzana (California) on Monday February 23, 1998 at an age of 73. He was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Ruby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Philip Abbott<9>

Leslie Brooks     (Born as Virginia Leslie Gettman)

Actress. She was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Thursday July 13, 1922 and died in Sherman Oaks (California) on Friday July 1, 2011 at an age of 89. She was buried at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Ruby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leslie Brooks

Eddie Gardner

Aviation pioneer. He was born in Plainfield (Illinois) on Wednesday April 4, 1888 and died in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Friday May 6, 1921 at an age of 33. He was buried at Plainfield Twp. Cemetery (Will County, Illinois) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Ruby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie Gardner

Gordon MacRae     (Albert Gordon MacRae)

Actor, singer. He was born in East Orange (New Jersey) on Saturday March 12, 1921 and died in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Friday January 24, 1986 at an age of 64. He was buried at Wyuka Cemetery (Lancaster County, Nebraska) [Map].

Lincoln [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Ruby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Gordon MacRae

Leslie Grant 'Les' Nunamaker

Major League Baseball. He was born in Malcolm (Nebraska) on Friday January 25, 1889 and died in Hastings (Nebraska) on Monday November 14, 1938 at an age of 49. He was buried at Aurora Cemetery (Hamilton County, Nebraska) [Map].

Malcolm [Map] is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the northeast of Ruby

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leslie Grant 'Les' Nunamaker

Hilary Swank     (Hilary Ann Swank)

Oscar winning actress, producer. She was born in Lincoln (Nebraska) on Wednesday January 30, 1974

Lincoln [Map] is located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the east of Ruby

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ruby. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Seward County: www.connectseward.org/cgov/

The official website for State of Nebraska: www.nebraska.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ruby) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruby. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.8314, Longitude: -97.0770     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ruby have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Ruby to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 320.867 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 318.575 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 313.601 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Ruby could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Ruby, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<9>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.

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