Empire Mine State Historic Park


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Empire Mine State Historic Park


Location:At 10791 East Empire Street in Grass Valley, 24 miles north of Auburn on Highway 49.
Facilities:Historic structures, visitor center/museum (é), exhibits (é), restrooms, picnic tables, multi-use trails (8 miles).
Activities:Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, guided tours.
Special Features:For more than 100 years, Empire Mine was one of the largest, deepest, longest-operating, and richest gold mines in North America, producing nearly 5.6 million ounces of gold before it closed in 1956. The park includes many of the mine's original buildings, the owner's home and restored gardens, as well as the entrance to 367 miles of abandoned and flooded mine shafts.
Address:c/o Sierra District Office
PO Box 266
Tahoma, CA 96142

Phone:530-273-8522
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=499
Size: 853 acres.

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The best places to admire the trees are at Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley and along the residential streets of Nevada City.
If you have three days: To the previous itinerary, add a drive north of Coloma to Nevada City (46 miles) and make a stop at the Empire Mine State Historic Park outside Grass Valley.
Peace and quiet at California's Empire Mine State Historic Park
Gone are the crews of dusty miners, gone are the thunderous mills crushing ore 24 hours a day--but in the Northern California foothills, Empire Mine State Historic Park is far from abandoned.
Empire Mine State Historic Park is on the south side of downtown Grass Valley, about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento.
But the big deal here isn't the inviting shops in Gold Rush-era structures; it's the Empire Mine State Historic Park.
Photo: (1--color) The Empire Mine State Historic Park recalls Grass Valley's raucous mining days.
At the nearby Empire Mine State Historic Park, once one of the richest gold mines in the West, you'll see the best displays in the region explaining hardrock mining (kids love going down into the mine shaft to check out the monstrous equipment).
This inviting town includes the impressive Empire Mine State Historic Park, which yielded 6 million ounces of gold in its 105-year history.
In Grass Valley, Empire Mine State Historic Park (273-8522) offers guided tours of the mine yard and the mine owner's summer house, the Cottage, a Romanesque masonry mansion designed by Willis Polk.
Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley; (916) 273-8522.

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