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Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Address: 10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
Phone Number: 530-273-8522
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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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Short day outing

The Empire Mine State Park is a must if you are visiting the gold country around Grass Valley and Nevada City. Tours are available and recommend the house tour. Very interesting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Auburn, California
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Auburn, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Empire Mine State Park is a must if you are visiting the gold country around Grass Valley and Nevada City. Tours are available and recommend the house tour. Very interesting and important site of California history. And hiking and biking trails there as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a really interesting place. The mine is huge, historical and interesting with lots of displays that you should tour. But the houses, fountains, mirror pond, man cave, gardens etc. are awesome. Take the time to explore and take a free tour or two.

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Thank Chiefly1
Roseville, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a self guided tour, so you take it at your own pace. There is an abundant amount of information about gold, how it is mined, and the different lifestyles between the miners and the mine owners. There is an awesome display of rocks and minerals from all over the world and a gift shop with some of the... More 

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Thank Cassandra R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an experience that opens your eyes to the extensive mining that went on in the area. Amazing how people where able to extract gold with the tools they had available at the time. Great place to take the kids. Beautiful grounds for a picnic.

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Thank Sharon E
San Bernardino, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is nice. Parts seem to have no care. The original owners have a plaque that explains that they would not associate with the people that worked for them. What? Ugh. Your house just became so much less impressive!

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Thank metripadvise
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

History buff or not, it's worth stopping by and taking a tour of this Grass Vallley historic site. Interesting and well-maintained. Visit the gift shop before you go.

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Thank Kimberly H
Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place will make you feel like grabbing a gold pan and putting on suspenders before yelling Eureka!

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Thank DarkBadger
Kailua, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazingly beautiful place to hold a wedding (or attend one). Beautiful grounds, nice staff, great wedding!

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You think California today and may have a tough time to connect it with the heavy pollutive mining industries. But that's what made it the golden state. Gold. The empire mine state park is an interesting slice if California history. Well presented and educational. The 3D map that depicts the layout of all the mine shafts is very interesting. Shows... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought we would see much more of the mine, so the kids were disappointed it was mostly a history lesson than a tour. We saw some of old mining equipment above ground, and had a brief view of the upper portion of a mine shaft that the miners used to ride man cars down to the lower portions of... More 

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