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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 18 Attractions in Grass Valley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, History Museums, Mines
Description: The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
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Top Contributor
246 reviews 246 reviews
166 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Saint Peters, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Beautiful gardens and nice docents. The cottage's living history tour was entertaining. I was disappointed that the (guided) mine tour was not available, even though on the website it said it was available for the day I went. Unfortunately I didn't get to go through all the areas (hiking trail) that I wanted to, but the areas I did get... More

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Central Coast California
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36 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I was in Yuba City and someone suggested that we take the 30 mile drive to Grass Valley and take the Empire Gold Mine Tour. This is a state park that charges $7 a piece. We went for the gold mine tour but arrived early and was told the "Cottage Tour" was in progress if we wanted to join it... More

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California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

i love that this place is so authentic. Nothing made for fun, just real and informative place that is also beautiful.

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Fair Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

It has been a few years since we toured the Empire Mine and they have been busy trying to keep things interesting. One thing they have done that is great is that during the summer months they have added living history to the mine owners “cottage”. We had Mr. Bourne, the son of the original mine owner and Mrs. Kidder... More

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a well maintained park. Not only do you have mining history (the mine shaft is amazing), you have beautiful gardens.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The park is beautiful. The grounds are immaculate and beautifully maintained. In the spring the gardens are in full bloom, but it's a great place to see year round. So interesting and educational for children, families - anyone! I'm not a history buff, but I love this park!

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