Gold West Country
Built on the sensational fortunes of the Gold Rush Era, Montana's southwest corner boasts riches that range from State Parks and Blue-Ribbon trout streams to museums and art galleries. From the restored gold camps of Bannack and Virginia City to the Mansions, architecture and historic tours of its early mining cities, southwestern Montana takes pride in its history. Other historic attractions include the Big Hole National Battlefield, site of an 1877 battle between the Nez Perce and the U.S. Cavalry, and the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site in Deer Lodge, which preserves the headquarters of one of Montana's largest cattle ranching empires.
Ruby Valley Medical Center
If you haven't visited the Ruby Valley, you've missed a little slice of heaven. Located one hour south of Butte, Montana, the Ruby Valley is nestled between four mountain ranges, the Tobacco Root Mountains, the Ruby Range, the Greenhorn Range and the McCartney Mountains. These mountain ranges shelter the area from the harsher Montana winters. In the summer, the ranges provide abundant opportunities for wild life viewing, camping, hiking, fishing, boating and mountain biking.
The Ruby Valley Medical Center is a critical access hospital and Montana designated trauma receiving facility serving Sheridan, Twin Bridges, Alder, Laurin, Silver Star, Virginia City, Nevada City and Waterloo. The Medical Center offers five in-patient beds, two observation beds, diagnostic imaging, laboratory, physical therapy, speech language pathology, swing bed, 24 hour emergency care and a highly qualified nursing staff. Our healthcare providers support patients through the Ruby Valley Medical Center and the clinics in Sheridan and Twin Bridges. Our clinics deliver a wide range of healthcare services including pediatrics, well-woman exams, sports physicals, geriatrics, mental health, osteopathic care, chiropractic care and tele-medicine to off-site specialists. Our visiting specialists provide podiatric, gynecological, surgical, and hearing services. The Ruby Valley Medical Center also provides mobile emergency medical services through Ruby Valley Emergency Medical Services. The Ruby Valley Medical Center receives financial support from the Ruby Valley Healthcare Foundation and the Ruby Valley Medical Center Auxiliary.
Blessed with four rivers, the area's primary economic resources are ranching and trout fishing. Fly fishing enthusiasts from around the world come to the Ruby Valley to float and fish the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Ruby and Jefferson rivers, in addition to the numerous tributaries. While beef is the primary agricultural product, there are also many sheep producers in the area. The Ruby Valley is located on the western side of Madison County, which has a population of about 7,700. You'll find a friendly, small town atmosphere wherever you go.