“845 acres of forested back country”
The Empire Mine is the site of the oldest, largest, and richest gold mine in California. From 1850 to its closing in 1956, it produced 5.8 million ounces of gold.This 5.8 million ounces of gold would fill a box 7 feet on each side. It is estimated that this represented only 20% of the available gold...80% remains. The Park contains many of the original mine buildings, the owners cottage and the restored gardens and grounds as well as the entrance to 367 miles (the equivalent of a round trip from Grass Valley to San Jose) of abandoned and flooded shafts and tunnels. The park consists of 845 acres of forested back country and 12 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders.
The 19th Century history of California is so closely related to all these adventurous people who were looking for gold. The land of California was and still remains rich in gold and it was a place where loads of people became millionaires, but it was also a land of great tragedies and fighting with the gold mining in the epicenter.
When visiting Grass Valley, you should definitely visit the Empire Mine State Historic Park. This is not just a Californian historic gold mine, this is the OLDEST, LARGEST, and RICHEST Californian gold mine surrounded by 845 acres of forested back country. It is the ideal place to visit its premises and get a taste of how a gold mine of the 19th Century looked liked, with all the buildings being very well preserved and combine education with fun and natural weekend escape since in the park you will find 12 miles of trails ideal for hikers, bikers and horseback riders!
The entrance fee is only $7/person and it is well worth it. Self guided style of tours will reveal you all the history of the Bourne family and you will have many opportunities to take some really great photos. Ideal place for the whole family, including young children and elderly people. There is a gift shop with loads of very interesting things to buy in order to remember your visit!!! Thumbs up!!!!
I Live in this area and love to go to the empire mine to hike and ride my horse. they have equestrian,biking, and hiking trails😃
My family and I went to this historic place and took the tour. It was awesome and our tour guide even kept my 12 and 13 year old boys interested the whole time, which is hard to do.
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Empire Mine State Historic Park
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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