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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  • What a beautiful place and the history is so interesting. Bob, our guide, gave us a wonderful tour! Only wish we could have seen the inside of the “cottage” during our visit, but it was a great tour.....  more »
  • What an OUTSTANDING and UNIQUE state park experience, and only $5 per person, a GREAT bargain/value. The grounds alone are beautiful for picnics or walking, but then there's the awesome dichotomy of.....  more »
  • Great gift shop. Beautiful open park setting. Tons of flowers. Large open lawns with tall pines set the back drop for this absolutely gorgeous old mine! Years of parks and rec management has transformed this old relic into a world class historical attraction. Complete with mine tours and locally sourced gems and minerals this one is worth the trip. Don't miss an opportunity to see the mine model, it's hard to fathom the scope!!
  • A great little State Park to check out. There a few miles of trails which lead to some historic mine sites at the Park and also provide some great forest scenery. The visitor center also has a ton of historic facts about the mining operations that took place here. They have multiple artifacts, gems, minerals, gold, and even an entire miniature scale model of the mining tunnels which are underground across the park and region.

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