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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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Central Coast California
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
36 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Vancouver
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Knowledgeable tour guides, beautiful setting. Liked everything but the port-a-potties. Learned what a Ponderosa Pine looks like.

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Rough and Ready, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Wonderful tour to go on. Great trails for bikers, walkers, horses, children. Parking good. Always well kept.

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San Diego, California, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had a wonderful experience at the Empire Mine State Park. The exhibits were quite interesting but our tour of the "cottage" was really the highlight! Our tour guide, Terry, was knowledgeable and told such fascinating stories of the the Bourne family and the history of the mine - the hour passed so quickly! The grounds are quite lovely and... More

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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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