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Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Address: 10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
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The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been...

The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.

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Glad we went.

An unexpected piece of history. If it were warmer out, we would have spent much more time here. Next time we will.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
LeeAnn P
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Pleasanton, California
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Pleasanton, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An unexpected piece of history. If it were warmer out, we would have spent much more time here. Next time we will.

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Orange, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The grounds here are beautiful, yet juxtaposed by the work yard and mine shafts that share the plot. What a terrifying job this must have been. It's fascinating getting a glimpse into the past and viewing mined gems & minerals. There was a sign that mentioned something along the lines of hearing the sound of mining machinery all day, and... More 

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Thank Jenzie H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here 7 years ago, we did not join the tour and did not get to see the inside of the mansion. This time we did, and we were delighted that we did it, as we learned a lot of historical rod bits. Although the grounds were more picturesque before with falls colors everywhere compared to this time of... More 

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Thank elvida53
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fun place. Several great paths/trails for easy hikes. The museum had great mine maps and displays. Overall a beautiful historic outing.

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Thank TheAshersUSA
Santa Ynez, California, United States
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were looking at horse property near Grass Valley and our realtor took us to the Empire Mine park to see the staging area where horse people park their trailers, saddle up, and embark on riding adventures. Looked great! Several trailers were parked, their owners off on the trails. Made me wish I had my horse!

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Thank Sandy N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I love going here! I bring my family and friends here when they come to visit. I've been here dozens of times and still haven't seen everything. The museum is pretty cool , even cooler since it's free. There's an area that you can pay to see, it's a Rose Garden and the compound of the original owner of the... More 

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Reno
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The museum is just the right size with interesting artifacts and photos from mining days. Spectacular display of minerals and ores from all around the world. Liked going down the shaft and looking into the old mine. Enjoyed the gardens

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Grass Valley, California
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Loved seeing the model of the supporting structures for the mines. The narrative is very informative. I had not been aware of the strong Scottish heritage of the minors. The way they traveled to the depths of the mine will give you goosebumps.

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Thank smcandrews
New Lebanon, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Recently a month ago I was visiting with my brother who lives a few miles from this site. In the middle of no where is this amazing well kept group of structures and old buildings and manicured lawns. We went on the official tour through the houses and they are beautifully kept today as they were in their heyday. There... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

So, I will be honest and tell you since I live here in Grass Valley I've been to the park loads of times and all over it, but I've never taken the tour (I even have clients who are docents, I AM ashamed). But it's a great park to help you understand your California history and how it shaped the... More 

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