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“Highly Recommended!” 5 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.
Misawa, Japan
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“Highly Recommended!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

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 visited in the Fall and Summer - both were lovely.

I highly recommend a visit to the Mine if you are in the area. Our young ones, as well as our teens enjoyed this spot.

Visited October 2014
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Albany, Oregon
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“Surprising Historic Mine and Owners Homes!”
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 the noise when this place was up and running. Several nice tours and low cost entry fee. Be sure and visit the owners summer cabins. They are almost mansions themselves. An enormous selection of every tree imagineable. Extremly nice gardens with rock walls, logs and wooden beams, patios, and very nice fountains. Surprisingly so for sure. You can see the mine workings in an hour or so but a tour through some of the homes is worth the wait and take another hour or so. I always stop at historic Nevada City a few miles up #20. A nice stop about half way from the freeways in the Valley to the top of Donner Pass and Truckee, Olympic Village at Squaw Valley, and Lake Tahoe.

Visited September 2014
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El Paso, Texas
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“Memorable walk into California's past”
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.

Visited December 2014
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Grass Valley, California
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“Fascinating and Beautiful”
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, assuming character roles of the original mansion residents! The mine grounds are extremely interesting - giving visitors a glimpse of the mining era. Several miles of hiking trails traverse the park - free for visitors. A great place for families and all visitors.

Visited October 2014
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Santa Clara, California
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“Fun for the whole family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It has a wonderful garden and gift shop.
I took the tour around the grounds. $8 ...............................................................................

Visited August 2014
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