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Goldfield in Esmeralda County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Palmetto

 
 
Palmetto Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Bigglestone
1. Palmetto Marker
Inscription. Thinking that local Joshua trees were related to palm trees, the 1866 prospectors named the mining camp Palmetto. Although a local 12-stamp mill worked the silver ore, the town died for lack of profitable material. New discoveries in the late 1860's brought Palmetto back to life, but once again meager deposits caused its demise.

New prospecting in 1903 caused Palmetto to grow to a town of 200 tents on a platted town site. At its peak in 1906, the commercial street contained all the necessary mining camp businesses.

Local miners drifted away in Autumn, 1906. Mining, on a lease basis, has been minimal since that time. An important talc deposit lies nearby.
 
Erected by State Historic Preservation Office. (Marker Number HM 145.)
 
Location. 37° 26.636′ N, 117° 41.678′ W. Marker is in Goldfield, Nevada, in Esmeralda County. Marker is on Nevada Route 266 31 miles west of U.S. 95, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goldfield NV 89013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pigeon Spring (approx. 2.2 miles away); Lida (approx. 10.7 miles away).
 
Regarding Palmetto.
Palmetto Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Bigglestone, August 10, 2010
2. Palmetto Marker
As shown in the attached photos, there are several structural ruins here. Some are simple rocks walls and others appear to be plaster/adobe buildings that were abandoned (such as the post office, which is not pictured here but is shown on Google Maps).
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Palmetto building entryway image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, July 18, 2009
3. Palmetto building entryway
An entryway to one of the partially collapsed stone buildings in Palmetto.
Palmetto Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Erik Bigglestone, August 10, 2010
4. Palmetto Ruins
Palmetto Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Erik Bigglestone, August 10, 2010
5. Palmetto Ruins
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2010, by Erik Bigglestone of Contra Costa County, California. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Erik Bigglestone of Contra Costa County, California.   3. submitted on February 25, 2012, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California.   4, 5. submitted on September 1, 2010, by Erik Bigglestone of Contra Costa County, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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