Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley

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Empire Mine State Historic Park is a state-protected mine and park in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Grass Valley, California, U.S. The Empire Mine is on the National Register of Historic Places, a federal Historic District, and a California Historical Landmark. Since 1975 California State Parks has administered and maintained the mine as a historic site. The Empire Mine is "one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California". Between 1850 and its closure in 1956, the Empire Mine produced 5.8 million ounces of gold, extracted from 367 miles (591 km) of underground passages.
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  • We took all three tours offered on two separate days. Dan was a fantastic storyteller, and we learned a lot about mining and the Bourne family. Lots of old rusty mining equipment. Gorgeous grounds... 
    We took all three tours offered on two separate days. Dan was a fantastic storyteller, and we learned a lot about mining and the Bourne family. Lots of old rusty mining equipment. Gorgeous grounds...  more »
  • A definite must while in the area. A mere $5 per person gets you in to tour the beautiful English gardens,quaint owner's cottage and the original mining operations. There are also miles of hiking... 
    A definite must while in the area. A mere $5 per person gets you in to tour the beautiful English gardens,quaint owner's cottage and the original mining operations. There are also miles of hiking...  more »
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  • What a really cool place! If you are in to California Gold Mining History or just American history in general…definitely a must see! The preservation of the buildings and grounds were very well maintained so being able to put yourself in the lives of the people who once roamed the grounds was easy to do. They did have the blacksmith house up and running which is always such a cool craft to watch. Even more awesome was they had an opening you could walk down in to, to see how the workers got down one of the mine shafts! Overall such an amazing property. There are also miles of trails you can hike around the park so if you don’t want to pay to get into the attraction, you can at least walk around and see it all from afar. Probably not a place I would pay to get in to again unless we had friends or family in town but if you are driving through / visiting…this is a great stop!!
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