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Sacramento and the Gold Country Sights

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Updated 04/30/2014

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Relive the days of gold, grit, and glory, when this mine was one of the biggest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. Visit Bourn Cottage with its exquisite woodwork, lovely fountains, and stunning gardens. On a tour, you can walk into a mineshaft and peer into into dark, deep recesses—you can almost imagine what it felt like to work this vast operation. An estimated 5.8 million ounces of gold were extracted from the mine's 367 miles of underground passages during its lifetime. Dressed-up docents portraying colorful characters who shaped Northern California's history share stories about the period. The grounds have picnic tables and gentle trails—perfect for a family outing.

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10791 E. Empire St., Grass Valley, California, 95945, USA

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  • $7
  • Daily 10–5

Updated 04/30/2014


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