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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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Wonderful Museum

Whether a history buff, want a long or short hike, or a stroll through the gardens, this museum is a great place to visit. We took the mining tour which was informative and fun... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Whether a history buff, want a long or short hike, or a stroll through the gardens, this museum is a great place to visit. We took the mining tour which was informative and fun. If you a hike on one of the trails, be sure to recheck the signs against the trail map from the visitors's center. The intersections are... More 

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Grass Valley, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I grew up here, so I may just be a little prejudice, this place is beautiful. Lots and lots of places to hike, picnic and just enjoy the history. You will experience what it was like when the mine was still in operation. They have tours you can take or just take your time and wander. The Bourne mansion is... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have gone there through out the years and I am always delighted by it's beautiful grounds, the roses, and the Bourne Mansion. The history of the mine with it's equipment and the dolcents are fascinating.

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Moss Beach, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

There is so much more to experience at the Empire Mine than you would expect. A must is the tour of the main family home. You must get tickets for this. A real trip back in time! There are actors portraying the owners and family, in full period costume. You get the tour, the history, the stories, really interesting. The... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This park has history, trails for horses, walking, to ride bikes, and for walking your dog. The park is beautiful at all times of the year.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This park shows a lot of the history of the area going back to 1800's. Worth the time to go for the tours on the weekends.

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Basingstoke
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Beautiful grounds but we had to back out of the 2 hour tour in the heat. Very interesting and a good day out.

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Sacramento, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Beautiful grounds where mine owners lived. Docent was very informative explaining different parts of the mine and their part of the operation. Interesting architecture. Wear comfortable shoes. $7 entry fee. Picnic tables in parking lot under huge trees. If you are into gold rush history, this is for you! Easy access and signage to site from highway 49.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

You need to be able to walk a while but his is a beautiful historic site! The husband and sons just loved the mine, I loved the home.

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Tacoma, Washington
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Boy am I glad I went here! There is so much history and beauty around every corner that you won't likely get bored. There isn't much by way of children's activities, but there is a LOT of grass the can run on. They could even play hide and seek in the semi-maze like gardens, while you enjoy the cottage, fountains,... More 

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