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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  • Beautifully landscaped estate. Tours are available once a day but you can do a self-guided one. Mining operation very interesting. There are also several hiking trails. Free parking. Entrance fee if.....  more
    Beautifully landscaped estate. Tours are available once a day but you can do a self-guided one. Mining operation very interesting. There are also several hiking trails. Free parking. Entrance fee if.....  more »
  • Great park. Lots of interesting things to see. The guided tours are a must do. I wasn't aware of the tours, so I'd recommend calling ahead. And when you're done, go into the downtown area and... 
    Great park. Lots of interesting things to see. The guided tours are a must do. I wasn't aware of the tours, so I'd recommend calling ahead. And when you're done, go into the downtown area and...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful park! It's well maintained, the staff are friendly and informative, and it's amazing to explore. Hal the blacksmith was wonderful. The gift shop has a great variety of souvenirs and is so inexpensive I almost felt bad for paying so little (this goes for the $5 entry fee as well). Donate to the blacksmith shop and the donation box in the visitors center! I'll definitely be back.
  • There are three types of gold mining. Empire mines is hard rock mining. The State Park interpretive guide [ranger] was excellent. So knowledgeable though he was a volunteer. We learned about the functions if the various buildings at the mine and were given a demo of the key engines driving the mining machines. Went to the blacksmith shop on our own and also the administrative offices and assay office. The guide did take us to the top of the mine shaft and had a wealth of information about the mine itself and the men who worked it. There is a small but informative museum and a small gift shop, this latter just being average in its offerings Plenty of parking and clean rest rooms.

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