Welcome to the Forums Ray!
For those of you who do not recognize his name. Ray Ruiz (He pronounces Ruiz like "Reese") is the owner of the Bluebird Mine and gift shop, and the Ray Ruiz Marina across the road from the Goldfield Ghost Town.
Ray is a full blooded Cherokee Indian born on the Reservation in Oklahoma on July 27, 1913. He came to Arizona at the age of 3, and lived on a reservation here when he was growing up. He will be 97 years young in July this year.
He purchased the Bluebird property in 1947 (If my memory is correct) and has resided there ever since. Prior to that he owned and operated the Canyon Lake Marina for about 20 years. Ray Ruiz Marina is a Franchised Dealer and repair facility for Johnson, Mercury and Evenrude boat motors.
He types with two fingers, and has to search for every letter on the keyboard to do it, so don't expect him to be making too many posts, and no lengthy ones at all.
But he sure can READ and loves doing it! Especially on subjects that he is interested in like this one. Would you believe he can read the names and numbers in a phone book without the aid of glasses?
Ray has known just about every Dutch Hunter that ever entered the Superstition Mountains, and loves to sit around talking about how things were "Back in the Day". If you ever get in the area where the Bluebird is located, be sure to stop in and say hello to him. He talks a lot faster than he types.
He can usually be found in his shop 7 days a week, puttering with one kind of boat motor or another.