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Empire Mine State Historic Park

10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
530-273-8522
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Grass Valley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, State Parks, Mines, Outdoors
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Owner description: The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Very nice tour at great price. Must see if in that part of the world. Dog & children friendly. Make sure you see the movie

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Sacramento, California
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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

For a small fee, you can tour the mine yard, which includes historic buildings, displays of mining equipment, a working blacksmith shop, and of course you can get a really neat view of the mine shaft, which plummets beneath you. Also on the grounds is the Cottage, home to the mine's owners, which is really lovely. Beautifully landscaped grounds and... More

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Grass Valley, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My husband and I are lucky to live just a few miles from the Empire Mine Historic State Park, so go there often, year round. There’s a modest fee to enter the museum and interior grounds, but you can walk, run, or ride (bikes or horses) on the park’s extensive network of forested trails for free. Empire Mine is a... More

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Fairfield, California
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27 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a great site of major historic significance. Nine Billion dollars worth of gold in todays value was removed from up to 1 mile deep in solid rock by tough Cornish miners, in a mine that was state of the art for its day. Many revolutionary techniques still in use today were first used here. See the workshops, the... More

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Grass Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The manor of the family that owned the mine is awesome and you can tour this home. Old antiques and the gardens are gorgeous in the spring and summer and also in early fall around the first 2 weeks of Sept. Rose gardens etc. Local history and mining history. walking trails also. Maybe not for little kids as too involved... More

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Empire mine is a great attraction in the heart of gold country. If you are in Sacramento, it is definitely worth the drive up to Grass Valley to see the most productive mine in the state's history. Then, check out the charming towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. There are great restaurants too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

This is a very large park and much of the gold mining operation has been preserved. You can walk among all kinds of mining equipment in the yard. There are several buildings to look at that explain the various activities that took place here. A museum with video, displays, exhibits and gift shop are included. There's also an opportunity to... More

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Hercules
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

For history buffs, this is a must see. Lovely grounds, lots of hiking trails, picnic areas and very interesting mining machines and techniques on display.

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Rialto, California
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21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Empire Mine is a great place to learn about gold mining in Nevada County. Many of the original buildings remain and the exhibits are well done. We enjoyed the tour of the cottage and learning the history of the families involved in developing the mine. The gardens are wonderful!

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Was lucky enough to be at the park for their annual picnic day. Live actors in period dress, tours of the property and mine shaft, and even a few of the tour guides were former employees. An awesome piece of northern california history. IF your in the Grass Valley Area, and are considering checking this place out, DO IT.

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