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Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Address: 10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone Number: +1 530-273-8522
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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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Interesting and well maintained; great scenerry

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Reno
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83 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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New Lebanon, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A stunning park that actually encompasses the old mine buildings and related equipment which is the grim part of the self guided tour (guided tours also available of both the mine and the owner's house) as well as the beautiful club for management/owners and the owner's stately home. During early Nov the trees were turning gold and orange and such... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Who knew this was the #1 producing gold mine in the U.S. for many years.....with each new advance in technology, the mine just kept producing. Very educational whether self-guided or with a docent led tour. House tour is not a big deal so I wouldn't plan my day around that although it is well worth it if the timing is... More 

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Amboy, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the $7 tour and found it really interesting. The docent told us about the history of the gold mine, we walked down a little ways into a mine shaft, saw a blacksmith demo, went through the museum which included a cool representation of all the underground shafts, and walked the grounds of the mine owner. It was well... More 

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Cambria, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Three enjoyable aspects to this state park. First, an opportunity to understand the operation of an underground gold mine. Second, a look inside a historic home. Finally, some great hiking trails.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We love the Empire Mine, both for the Gold Rush historyt and for the beautiful grounds. We always take out of town guests here and all have enjoyed the tour. Do try to have enough time for a docent lead tour so that you can see The Cottage. It can be overly warm during the Summer months though, so bring... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We try and attend the Miner's Picnic each year. It seems to get better and better each year. Bring a picnic or buy something to eat there from cart vendors. The preservation of the grounds is remarkable. Docents dress in period costumes and are a wealth of knowledge. There is music, car shows and fantastic State Park personnel to assist... More 

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