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 from a lack of profitable material. New discoveries in the late 1860's brought Palmetto back to life, but once again meager deposits caused it demise.
New prospectors 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.