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Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Address: 10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945
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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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A real gem

This is a beautiful State Park. The entry fee is quite reasonable. Check out the Cottage tour, where you will get a glimpse of 1890s life. There are plenty of volunteers roaming... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful State Park. The entry fee is quite reasonable. Check out the Cottage tour, where you will get a glimpse of 1890s life. There are plenty of volunteers roaming the area chocked full of historical info. And don't miss the underground entrance, where you can walk about 30 feet down into the earth. There are miles and... More 

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Experience the Gold Rush in this beautiful State Park near downtown Grass Valley. Loads of history, wonderful docents ready to tell you the stories of the past, and delightful grounds suitable for garden and nature lovers. Bring your family or spend a day by yourself. This is a very special park and you won't be disappointed.

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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a lovely Park to visit and with 4 seasons in our area, the park always has new things to see. It has some of the most beautiful gardens and fountains. The mine part of the park is so interesting as well.

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Thank Terri J
Daniels, West Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit and tour of the grounds. Beautiful place. We especially liked the Cottage. We were not able to go into the mine. It was closed due to loose rock from all the rain. We will come back again. Especially when the garden is in full blossoms.

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Thank FlyfishWV
Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful place to visit. It tells you all about how gold was found below ground. VERY interesting part of history. If you have children, tihis is the place to take them. They also have beautiful weddings outdoors.

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Thank awin2016
Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

An unexpected piece of history. If it were warmer out, we would have spent much more time here. Next time we will.

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Orange, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

The grounds here are beautiful, yet juxtaposed by the work yard and mine shafts that share the plot. What a terrifying job this must have been. It's fascinating getting a glimpse into the past and viewing mined gems & minerals. There was a sign that mentioned something along the lines of hearing the sound of mining machinery all day, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We were here 7 years ago, we did not join the tour and did not get to see the inside of the mansion. This time we did, and we were delighted that we did it, as we learned a lot of historical rod bits. Although the grounds were more picturesque before with falls colors everywhere compared to this time of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

This is a fun place. Several great paths/trails for easy hikes. The museum had great mine maps and displays. Overall a beautiful historic outing.

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Santa Ynez, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

We were looking at horse property near Grass Valley and our realtor took us to the Empire Mine park to see the staging area where horse people park their trailers, saddle up, and embark on riding adventures. Looked great! Several trailers were parked, their owners off on the trails. Made me wish I had my horse!

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