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Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Address: 10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
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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Travel back in history to a time just a year or two after gold was discovered. Huge industry had already taken over from the hardy gold seekers who could do little more than end... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Travel back in history to a time just a year or two after gold was discovered. Huge industry had already taken over from the hardy gold seekers who could do little more than end up as laborers thousands of feet below ground in the real quest for gold. Touring the mine includes a look into the depths of the mine... More 

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Concord, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a fourth grade teacher, I am always looking to expand my knowledge about California's history. On our way through Grass Valley, we came across the Empire Mine State Park. What a find! For a small fee, we explored the history behind this gold mine. We began with viewing the history of the family who established this mine. A variety... More 

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Rocklin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This historic park offers a fascinating tour of mining. The gold country of a bygone era leaves us to marvel at how difficult it was to live and work in the days when rapid travel was not yet the norm. The main house is well restored and the docents very serious about their presentation. Step back in time and enjoy... More 

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Burlingame, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were very lucky to have George as a tour guide. Went on the mine tour. A PLUS . WE LEARNED SO MUCH AND MADE IT INTERESTING. would not recommend for children under 6.

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being born and raised in CA I had no idea such a beautiful and historic place existed. My husband and I went here a few days after Thanksgiving and our only regret was not having more time to explore. The grounds are well maintained and there were many a docent around to give us the historic info to each building... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit but the best time to go is during their Living History Presentations !!! Make sure you check out The Secret Room and see how they kept track of the tunnels back in the old days before computers.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I used to be a park aid here as well as my mom was and this is a great place to take whole family back in time and let old and new alike enjoy a slice of history love this place time and time again

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Sacramento, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Empire Mine State Historic Park is a family friendly state park that's steeped in local history. On weekends, docent tours provide meaningful and colorful stories about local life during the heyday of California's gold and silver mining years. Nearby gold rush era towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are worthy of an overnight stay; especially Nevada City, ranked one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An inexpensive must-see if in the area. Absolutely boggles the mind to learn the history of this area.

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Fair Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughter had her wedding at Empire Mine State Park. The staff was very helpful. The wedding was magical and the venue played a large part in the magic. We had so many family and friends paid us the compliment that is was the most beautiful wedding venue that they experienced. We did a rustic Italian theme. The wedding ceremony... More 

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