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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 17 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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Sacramento, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

First trip trip to Gold Country and visiting an actual mine. Quite and experience to look down an actual mine shaft. Toured the house that the mine owner lived and was treated to talks by docents dressed in period costumes and acting as if it was 1905. Visited a working blacksmith shop and watched the blacksmith forge a horseshoe nail... More

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Olympia, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went on what was supposed to be one of their "living history" days where the volunteers dress up in period costume and "act" out historical parts of the mine's historical figures. Understandably, the volunteers that were supposed to be in the outlying buildings and around the mine itself cancelled as the weather was hovering around 100 degrees. Lucky for... More

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South San Franc
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The empire mine park is a self guided tour where you can take your time. Trace the history of the Bourne family's gold venture and visit the building where they entertained prospective investors and the Bourne's personal "Cottage" with beautiful fountains and pool in front yard. See all the mining buildings and learn exactly how they mined the gold.

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tiburon
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48 reviews 48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Should have more docent. Only one black smith on duty on a busy weekend. $7 to get in. Takes about two hours to see it all.

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Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Lover and I came here wanting to do some walking around and hiking. We learned a lot about mining and also too tons of photos! It's a photographer's dream come true! Loved all the antique/ older objects and tools throughout! We had caught a tour just before one started. It was only 45 min or so.. Not too bad. Then... More

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Fresno, California, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The grounds and gardens around the mine are beautiful. It's hard to believe that men actually worked under the conditions they had at the time, almost 9,000 feet under ground! The museum is well worth the visit.

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stockton, ca
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

the tour of the yard and a mine shaft was very interesting, including a simulated ride down. the home and surrounding gardens are beautiful to meander through (bring a camera).

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Soquel
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Even though it was summer, the park was not crowded on a weekend.Lovely lawns and trees were welcome on a hot day. The restrooms were spotless. Our dog was welcome on a leash. While difficult to find, it is actually quite close to downtown Grass Valley.

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Elko, Nevada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were lucky enough to visit the Empire Mine on a weekend that the Cottage tour was available. I do wish they would let you visit the upstairs of the cottage but feel the tour was still worth it. Great play actors as part of the tour. Also loved the self guided tour of the mine yard. The presentation in... More

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Grass Valley, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I am a photographer in the local area, and one of my favorite places to shoot photos are inside and the outside surrounding areas of Empire Mine. I drive by every morning on the way to take my son to school and I feel lucky that I get to see that little piece of California history every day. Pack a... More

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