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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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Largest Gold Mine in the World

This historic park offers a fascinating tour of mining. The gold country of a bygone era leaves us to marvel at how difficult it was to live and work in the days when rapid travel... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
Christopher R
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Grass Valley, California
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Grass Valley, California
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

This historic park offers a fascinating tour of mining. The gold country of a bygone era leaves us to marvel at how difficult it was to live and work in the days when rapid travel was not yet the norm. The main house is well restored and the docents very serious about their presentation. Step back in time and enjoy... More 

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Burlingame, California
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8 reviews
Reviewed 20 July 2016

We were very lucky to have George as a tour guide. Went on the mine tour. A PLUS . WE LEARNED SO MUCH AND MADE IT INTERESTING. would not recommend for children under 6.

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Redding, California
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73 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Being born and raised in CA I had no idea such a beautiful and historic place existed. My husband and I went here a few days after Thanksgiving and our only regret was not having more time to explore. The grounds are well maintained and there were many a docent around to give us the historic info to each building... More 

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California
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Great place to visit but the best time to go is during their Living History Presentations !!! Make sure you check out The Secret Room and see how they kept track of the tunnels back in the old days before computers.

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Grass Valley, California
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

I used to be a park aid here as well as my mom was and this is a great place to take whole family back in time and let old and new alike enjoy a slice of history love this place time and time again

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Sacramento, California, United States
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118 reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

Empire Mine State Historic Park is a family friendly state park that's steeped in local history. On weekends, docent tours provide meaningful and colorful stories about local life during the heyday of California's gold and silver mining years. Nearby gold rush era towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City are worthy of an overnight stay; especially Nevada City, ranked one... More 

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Shoreline
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

An inexpensive must-see if in the area. Absolutely boggles the mind to learn the history of this area.

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Fair Oaks, California
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

My daughter had her wedding at Empire Mine State Park. The staff was very helpful. The wedding was magical and the venue played a large part in the magic. We had so many family and friends paid us the compliment that is was the most beautiful wedding venue that they experienced. We did a rustic Italian theme. The wedding ceremony... More 

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Reviewed 21 June 2016

Went on a Saturday. 2 docents were available to guide you through the Museum. The museum is free, however, donations accepted. The approx. 1/2 hour guided tour was worth while to get the full feel of the place. Lots of things to look at and see

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

We stopped by on a weekday and caught both tours. The guide was nice but focused too much on his own life and not enough on the history. The grounds were very pretty but the tour was too long to keep kids entertained. The mine was also interesting but again too much talking about things that did not pertain to... More 

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