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Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley

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  • An abandoned mine where they can see and understand how it worked. A nice Park with the chalet and club house for guests. The veritable mine with buildings and machines of the time. You can also see the main access tunnel. Museum organized with scale reproduction of the entire mine. Great for young kids. There is no convenience store inside, so get organized if towards lunch. To see
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  • There is great history here, but I don't think small children would be enthralled, but wouldn't be bummed either. Check for tour times and try to avoid the weekends.  more »
  • I always bring visitors to Grass Valley to Empire Mine. The Park is full of history and beauty. This was a working gold mine, I believe the longest running gold mine in the US - 106 year if memory ser...  more »
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  • My wife and I have toured many mines from Arizona to Nor Cal. We were pleasantly shocked how beautiful the grounds were, how gorgeous the cottage was constructed. Who knew so much innovation was accomplished at this site. We appreciate the effort put into the tours. Terrific way to spend half a day and learn about local Grass Valley history. Family friendly for young children.
  • Nice place to visit. Very interesting to see the old mine. The cottage area was peaceful to walk through. The gardens were described as more beautiful that they actually were. We were able to take it dogs on leash--they went everywhere on property which was really nice.
  • We didn't do the tour, which costs $7/person. We went hiking instead (in this case parking is free). The trail was kind of disappointing: lots of pine trees, had to cross major road (speed limit at least 50 mph), lots of private houses to pass by, electricity lines to walk under. I guess that's why this place is not really popular and always has parking available. Maybe if we picked a different trail, we would have a better experience.
  • It's an easy hike with only a couple difficult hills. Beautiful and smells awesome. At the end of the hike is a museum and machinery on display. Not crowded at all!
  • Great educational experience about the California gold Rush and mining in Grass Valley. Very knowledgeable and friendly volunteer tour guides. Beautiful grounds.

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