Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley

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  • Absolutly tells the story of our small town and how it was way back when! My Grandparents and my father were all jewelers in the area. They had jewelry stores in Grass Valley & Nevada City. They would...  more »
  • Take your pick: old mining equipment and mining tunnels, hiking trails, picnic areas, plus a mansion (called a cottage) with a formal garden. Nearly everyone in your party should be able to find somet...  more »
  • Worth the visit to discover a gold mine. The Park is beautiful and blacksmiths will make a demonstration of their knowledge.
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  • Lots of historic fun. I've been going here since I was a kid and it's so much better than it used to be. You can go pretty far down one of the shafts now, which my kids thought was really cool, and the blacksmiths were friendly and informative. The mansion landscaping is very pretty and all the guides and volunteers were very nice.
  • Great place to get a sense of gold mining history. Go on the tours with the docents. Plenty of walking trails. Kid friendly. Living history tours on weekends.
  • We love going to this place. My kids can explore and run around. They love seeing the different rock samples and going down into the small section of the line shaft. Totally recommend you check it out.
  • Definitely check out the Cottage Tour to get inside the buildings that aren't publicly accessible. The visitor center houses the mine model with an audio and light show - amazing to see a physical model of the extent of the mines! Lots of mining, period and cultural history. Cute little gift shop with some rad postcards. The main mine shaft is pretty cool. Get pictures of the kids on the cart that miners rode down the shaft. Docents are adorable and knowledgeable - ask all the questions! We didn't have time for the trails but will come back again!
  • This is an absolutely wonderful state park to visit. It gives you a fantastic glimps of what mining life was like for both the mine employees and the owners. I try to stop by every time I'm in Grass Valley.
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