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Empire Mine State Historic Park

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Address: 10791 E. Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
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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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Very cool history. We did a self guided tour and had a blast. Be sure to check out the blacksmith shop. Super nice man working in there and was very interesting.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Sonoma, California
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Sonoma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very cool history. We did a self guided tour and had a blast. Be sure to check out the blacksmith shop. Super nice man working in there and was very interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth your time. The tour was perfect and Charlene was so much fun to talk to as a tour guide. The cottage is BEAUTIFUL

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Bayville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Opt for the tour, the guide was excellent explaining the history of the gold rush, the mine and the full process used around and in this mine specifically in the mineyard tour. The kids could sit in the mine shaft car. Our 6 year old boy listened amazed for the full hour.

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

This is a beautiful grounds and park. It's only a few bucks to tour the grounds, and the park outside them is free. Also, the grounds are a sweet location to have weddings. Just make sure that you book way in advance, as it is also a popular place for that venue. The grounds are surrounded by a park with... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 14 February 2017

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 14 February 2017

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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Daniels, West Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 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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Grass Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

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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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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