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Empire Mine State Historic Park

Address: 10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone Number: 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, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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, Nature & Parks, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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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West Sacramento, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Wow! This place was amazing. I am not trying to sound bias, but this place made the backdrop for the most beautiful wedding ever. The grounds are gorgeous and the staff was amazing. I highly recommend this place for events.

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Graham, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We were driving around northern California and had never heard of the Empire mine. We needed to get the dogs out of the car for a bit so we found this place. Great visitor center with very helpful staff as well. They gave us a trail map and off we went and found wonderful trails for a walk and some... More 

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Silicon Valley
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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Wow, I was really amazed by this Historic Park. Lot's to see and experience. We missed the tours (limited times in the winter months) but will come back again to tour the house. Was able to see the beautiful grounds and actually go down (not all the way) into the mines. I was told the miners worked 10 hour days... More 

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Ballwin, Missouri, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We went on Christmas Day so the visitor center (which looked very good) was closed. Still be took the 2 mile trail and it was very nice.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Wonderful walk back in time, architecture was fantastic, some walking but well worth it, as long as you are not closterfobic.

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Misawa, Japan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We've visited twice now. We've yet to visit with a guided tour - it's on our bucket list - but we've found very helpful and information docents who were happy to share info with us. There is a lot to see here. The gardens are beautiful. Lots of mine info and antiques and great hiking trails behind the mine. We've... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

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 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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