The ruins of Palmetto are an interesting place to stop on a beautiful and desolate stretch of Nevada highway 266. Palmetto was never very large. It was established first in 1866 as a silver mining camp and subsequently abandoned. In 1903, area mines were restarted and the town grew to a population of several hundreds by 1906. Mining activity then slowed and the town was abandoned again, probably by the nineteen teens. I'm not sure when the ruins of two houses and a mill pictured here were built. The Palmetto ruins are right off the side of the highway (266). There is a place to pull over and a historical marker. It's about 10 miles to the nearest house and more than that to the nearest town. There is very little traffic on 266. I imagine that Palmetto would be a great place to look at or photograph the stars at night. There are a few mining ruins nearby. The one pictured below looks like it was active in the 1940s and may have been a talc mine. The original builders of Palmetto were primarily interested in the local silver deposits.
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