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“Interesting site, lots to learn” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Empire Mine State Historic Park

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
Type: History Museums, State Parks, Mines, Outdoors
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Owner description: The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
Erie, Pennsylvania
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“Interesting site, lots to learn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

$7 wasn't bad admission, and learned a lot for my money. House tour was ok though overcrowded. Instead beautiful grounds and buildings and seeing mine entrances etc.... a good visit on a nice day.

Visited October 2013
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Grass Valley, California
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“And you can ride your horses in the park.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Empire Mine operated for more than a century and produced more than 5.6 million ounces of gold between 1850 and closing in the 1950’s. It is estimated that the gold taken from the mine represented only 20% of the available gold. The 845 acre park has 14 miles of forested trails for horseback riding, hiking and biking that are free. There is a day use fee to tour the park grounds.
Events include the Annual Miner’s Picnic which includes entertainment, food, games and living history which takes place usually in August. From May to September the Mine Yard and Cottage offers Guided Tours and during the summer months of June, July, August and September hosts the Mine Yard Living History where visitors can view a mine shaft and see re-enactments of typical working days at the mine.
Docent guided tours of the Bourne Cottage, the owner’s summer cottage with beautiful gardens. The Visitors Center has a scale model showing the five square miles of tunnels and operations, a “gold Room” which displays ore samples from local mines, an extensive Mineral collection and Video depicting gold mining techniques.
For more information contact www.empiremine.org or call 530-273-8522

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful state park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

The mine is a fun & educational way to spend a few hrs. The grounds are beautiful & fun to walk around & see. There is a lot of information about mining & a lot of visual for kids. The trails behind the park are a awesome place to walk, jog or run. I love the Empire Mine!!

Visited August 2013
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“A touch of Gold Fever”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Very informative especially the guys at the blacksmiths shop. No underground tours as it is an old flooded mine but with a fantastic 3D model of the mine, other tours a little spasmodic. pleasant and helpful staff.

Visited September 2013
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surrey
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“Mines, house and hikes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Very interesting park showing the mining in the area but also worth taking the tour that shows the mine owner's house. You can walk around the pretty gardens but also do some of the marked hikes in the surrounding area

Visited September 2013
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