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Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Address: 10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone Number: 530-273-8522
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Description: 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 Old Mine and Beautiful Cottage

This is a great place for adults and kids to learn about the gold mining industry, as a lot of the mining equipment is still there to see along with information about what it all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for adults and kids to learn about the gold mining industry, as a lot of the mining equipment is still there to see along with information about what it all did. The Empire mine was owned by the Bourne Family who build Filoli House near Redwood City, so it was great to see the business... More 

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Susanville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

BEAUTIFUL grounds, staff is extremely knowledgeable, very pleasant. The kids enjoyed it. Much of the tour is outdoors so plan accordingly, but doesn't take long.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We did both the cottage and mine guided tours - only about 30-40 mins each and very informative. We learned a lot about gold mining and the lives of the people - both owners and miners.

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Penn Valley CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Marvelous experience. Better to go in the morning or in Spring or late Fall because it can get hot. Take walking shoes, sun hat and camera. Don't forget to see the map of the underground tunnels.

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Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Everyone who visits the Grass Valley/Nevada City area should stop by the Empire Mine. On weekends the "cottage" is open with a guide to tell all about the mine and the owners (check the schedule). The mine is very important to the history of the area and the gold rush. The cottage is gorgeous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

What a great place to visit. It is a fun place to walk, lots of trees, interesting place. The shop have interesting gifts to bring home. Lots of interesting things to look at about the mining days.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Beautiful gardens, interesting old equipment & buildings, gold-mining history, something for everyone.

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Phoenix AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Love this place; it's simply perfect for a stroll in nature. There are several trails, it's well kept and you can hike all day or for just an hour.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Interesting and a lot of things to see. Great for an outing to explore the grounds. Has nice gift shop.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The Empire Mine State Historic Park is State Park not to be missed if you are interested in the Gold Country, gold mining history, and grand buildings and beautifully maintained grounds! You have a choice of taking the mansion tour and/or gold mine tours. The Living History tour is fun because your docents are the "Bourne Family household members" dressed... More 

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