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Empire Mine State Historic Park

10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
+1 530-273-8522
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Interesting area history

Lovely property at the Empire Mine. The Bourn charming cottage and gardens ( which could be better... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2018
RoundtheWorldTravelr
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San Francisco
The mineyard and museum are definitely work a walk through

This historic mine and surrounding state park have been well-preserved and the mineyard is well... read more

Reviewed 24 December 2017
NevadaHighdesert
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Nevada
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The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good28%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“gold mining” (31 reviews)
“mine shaft” (35 reviews)
“living history” (21 reviews)
LOCATION
10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA 95945-7432
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+1 530-273-8522
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"mine shaft"
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"living history"
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"blacksmith shop"
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"gold rush"
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"mining operation"
in 7 reviews
"scale model"
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"mining buildings"
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"california history"
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"house tour"
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"hiking trails"
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"great place to learn"
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"rose garden"
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"self guided tour"
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"entry fee"
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Lovely property at the Empire Mine. The Bourn charming cottage and gardens ( which could be better maintained) are interesting to visit and view. Designed by famed SF architect Willis Polk, it replicates a cottage in Cornwall. The gardens were once impressive I am sure...More

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Reviewed 24 December 2017

This historic mine and surrounding state park have been well-preserved and the mineyard is well worth walking through, touring the restored mine office, part of the shaft, and many of the outbuildings. Inside is a small, well-arranged museum including a scale model of the hundreds...More

1  Thank NevadaHighdesert
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

The grounds are beautiful. I have been there for tours and a wedding. The story around the mine and the wealth of the people who owned it is amazing.. They owned Fioli Gardens in San Francisco and the current CIA facility in St Helena. The...More

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

We visited on the spur of the moment and luckily managed to tag onto a guided tour that had just started. The guide was knowledgeable and kept us entertained and interested as well as answering our questions. After the tour we walked through some of...More

1  Thank Goannas
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Such a great place to visit so much history! The mansion tour was very informative and interesting. I would recommend for all ages.

Thank Melony N
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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Empire mines is such an essential part of the Nevada County essence. The whole gold rush era is experienced in All the interesting gold mining equipment.I love the house I loved hearing the history and sharing it with my friends from out of town. A...More

Thank noworvnever
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

The site of an old gold mine with many exhibits, this also is well situated in the midst of several trails walkable in half an hour or more. The grounds of the mine includes the house of a former manager and the gardens provide a...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Low key and accessible. We had a nice walk in the woods and learned a bit about mining. We opted not to do the guided tour as our teens were not into a house tour. It was a nice hour or two.

Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed 12 October 2017

Went here when they opened at 10am. No tours until 1pm. CALL FIRST. We really wanted to do this tour.

1  Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Although I didnt get to hike, bike, etc., the venue is fantastic for an outdoor wedding. From the historic buildings set amongst the trees and the gorgeous views from the garden, I was thoroughly impressed. A fall wedding starting in the early evening it got...More

1  Thank Mike B
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1meejet
11 August 2016|
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Response from gail v | Reviewed this property |
The Empire Mines is a part of the California State Parks. The entrance fee for adults is seven dollars.
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1meejet
11 August 2016|
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Response from Kelly K | Reviewed this property |
There is no parking fee for Empire Mine State Park, only an entry fee to see the museum and grounds. According to the documents on the California Parks website, the pass does not apply to entry fees. But, I would call... More
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Judith D
26 July 2016|
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Response from This M | Reviewed this property |
There is a tour that will take you around through the buildings, and down 30 ft into a mine. Buy your tickets once inside, it's about $7 per ticket. There is a lot of room for many people on the tour. If you don't do the... More
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