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Smith Ranch - Julian Train & Gold MIne

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Address: Julian, CA
Phone Number: 1-760-765-2288
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Another Lost Gold Mine Comes to Life

The Julian Gold Mine and the Julian Museum are sites one should not ignore. The gold mine is an actual trip into another big gold strike in American history. The Museum has the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
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Easthampton MA
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Easthampton MA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Julian Gold Mine and the Julian Museum are sites one should not ignore. The gold mine is an actual trip into another big gold strike in American history. The Museum has the largest collection of period lace in the US. The museum artifacts are clearly labeled and easy to understand. The docent is a wealth of knowledge. As you... More 

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Ramona, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I have experienced the Smith Ranch - Julian Train tour on two occasions. The first visit included three grandchildren (ages 5 - 9) and their parents. We all thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The children especially liked the activities, but also learned from the narratives which we all enjoyed. My second visit included a couple of long time friends who have... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I took our 3 year old son and my mother (who was visiting from Indiana) to Smith Ranch last Christmas. The experience was strange and awkward and the veiled attempt at pushing the LDS robbed it of any fun. While it was advertised as a train ride with family activities and a tour of the gold mine,... More 

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Orlando, Florida
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
34 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My children, ages 10 and 10, and my husband and I really enjoyed this tour. I had to call to make the reservation, and bring exact cash to pay. It was a very informative tour with things for the kids to do. It was outstanding and am glad we were able to go on their tour.

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Enschede, The Netherlands
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Smith family have worked very hard preserving some of Julian's gold mining history and did an excellent job. My familly and I got a private tour and learned alot not just about Julian but also about the grounds and the family history.

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Plain City, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We took the train & gold mine tour in June 2014. The tour was run by several members of the family that has been excavating and restoring the gold mine. It is clearly a labor of love for them, and they are still exploring and making new discoveries. Their passion carries throughout the tour. Instead of a bored tour guide... More 

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San Diego
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is more than just a train ride, it is a history of Julian and the gold mining era of San Diego. The Smith's make it educational and fun and interactive! Very good for children especially if studying California history.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
2 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

The Train and Track was very impressive. What a massive undertaking to build. Overall the train ride was about a mile long both ways. The mine cars were pulled by an actual gold mining train and the mine cars had been retrofit to seat passengers. The gold mine was an actual hand dug mine from the 1870's so it didn't... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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122 reviews 122 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

The train ride was quaint and fun; the actual gold mine was interesting. This was an original 1860 gold mine that is being reopened by the owners since 1991. Their exploits are interesting and they make it fun for kids and adults, even if you didn't bring the kids. You can see the discoveries of the mine that were found... More 

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San Diego, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
43 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The train ride was not exactly as I pictured it to be as it seemed to wind up the property at a distance that could easily walked up in less than the time on the train. Regardless, it was a cute entertaining train with some history to go along with it and what it runs on was an interesting story... More 

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