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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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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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Gold rush history at its best

What a terrific place for the "new-to-the-genre" gold mining history. And there were only a dozen people there. This was a carte blanche trip to California and we dedicated the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Todd E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a terrific place for the "new-to-the-genre" gold mining history. And there were only a dozen people there. This was a carte blanche trip to California and we dedicated the first half to the gold rush. Of the sites we visited from Placerville to Grass Valley, this was the most comprehensive, largest and most interesting. We spent hours touring the... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We love to bring our out of town friends to this great Historic park. There is so much history located in this one spot.

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Thank Heather S
Grass Valley, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you come to Grass Valley/Nevada City for the first time, you MUST go to the Empire Mine SHP. The tour guides are knowledgeable about the Bourne family, the area's history, and what it was like in GV from 1850 to the closing of the mine in 1960's. Thanks to gold and timbering, Grass Valley did not suffer during the... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a very nicely preserved piece of California Gold Rush history. It is in the hills of Grass Valley. There is plenty of free parking. There is a fee to explore this state park. It was $7 per adult. Once inside the park, there is a small museum to explore that tells the history of the mine. Outside there... More 

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Thank Heather M
The Woodlands, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Just visiting in Sacramento and took the trip to Grass Valley. Found this on trip advisor and checked it out. Very interesting and worth the trip.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting place to visit. You get a filling how the miners were living, working. There are lots of things to see.

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Central Valley of California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Empire Mine was one of the first hard rock mines in Grass Valley and was one of the last to close in the 1950's. The State Park System took over in 1975. The park headquarters is in one of the old buildings. There are displays that tell about the history of the place and the people that made that history.... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love going to this place all year around. Beautiful, fun and a get learning experience. Always take my camera very nice pics any time of the year.

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Thank brathree
Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A hidden gem just minutes from Grass Valley. When traveling through, this is definitely worth the time for walking, hiking, enjoying beautiful gardens! Visited for a niece's wedding a few years ago and would love to return to spend some additional time learning more about the history, strolling the grounds and enjoying the peace of nature.

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Grass Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place has nice hiking trails a beautiful mansion and provides a really good history of the Gold Country

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