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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 16 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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tiburon
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48 reviews 48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Berkeley, CA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Empire Mine has a rich history, and fantastic way to let anyone take a peek into the gold rush period. There's lots of artifacts to see, and on Saturdays and Sundays, there are volunteers that dress in period clothing and provide visitors a way to experience what it might have been like living in 1905! You can peer down... More

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Chico, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Lovely, well manicured gardens, a fountain flowing into a pool, and the castle like home make for a great wedding venue. Plenty of places for pictures, music and beer/wine allowed at the reception.

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Nevada City, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

When in Grass Valley, don't miss the Empire state Historic Park. For a low entrance fee you will be able to see the mine yard, venture down a ways into the mine shaft, and see how the owner of the mine lived when spending time at his mine in the Bourne Cottage. The docents give great tours in a beautiful... More

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