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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 20 Attractions in Grass Valley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, State Parks, Mines, Outdoors
Owner description: The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
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Type: History Museums, State Parks, Mines, Outdoors
Owner description: The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.

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Albany, Oregon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

For some reason this wonderful place is just not listed along highway 20. Very difficult to find as we saw no signs until a few blocks away. Many sites on the net have old info that they still give underground tours. They quite for some reason involving lack of funding from the State of California. But you can just imagine... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Unexpected pleasure trip , must catch one of the volunteer yellow vest guided tours. Must see blacksmith shop and have miners wedding rings made for romantic couples. Learn about California gold rush days and the environmental impact. Some of the answers will surprise you! Enjoy the fresh air, pine trees, and walking trails.

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Grass Valley, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Educational and beautiful - and not far off the main highway running through Grass Valley. This historic State Park is set beneath peaceful, beautiful tall pines. Beautifully landscaped, the historic property and buildings date back to the 1849 Gold Rush and have been beautifully preserved. The original mine owner's mansion still stands, manned by park volunteers dressed in period clothing,... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It has a wonderful garden and gift shop. I took the tour around the grounds. $8 ...............................................................................

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Fort Worth, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Very cool place to really get an insight of mining era. Def take the elevator tour into the mine. The rose green is also beatiiful in the spring

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

Living short of a mile or so of the Empire Mine State Historic Park possibly become immune to its beauty, trails and truly the historical aspects the park has to offer. One of the largest gold mines in its day miners only bringing out approximately 10% of the mines offering. Donkeys were used to go down into the tunnels many... More 

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

Without doubt, the Empire Mine is one place you should not miss visiting! The grounds are gorgeous! The cottage tour is well-worth the time it takes, and occasionally the tours are done "in character." Those are especially wonderful! The mine itself is interesting - and you can even go down a little way inside the mine to see what the... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The site extends over a large area and includes extensive landscaped grounds, unfortunately presumably due to the time of year (November) and the time of our visit some areas were closed eg. mine managers cottage. In addition in the mine yard we could not enter any of the buildings but could only peer in and read the descriptive signs. Signposting... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Very nice tour at great price. Must see if in that part of the world. Dog & children friendly. Make sure you see the movie

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Sacramento, California
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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

For a small fee, you can tour the mine yard, which includes historic buildings, displays of mining equipment, a working blacksmith shop, and of course you can get a really neat view of the mine shaft, which plummets beneath you. Also on the grounds is the Cottage, home to the mine's owners, which is really lovely. Beautifully landscaped grounds and... More 

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