"Empire Mine State Historic Park" Nevada City Off The Beaten Path Tip by Tom_Fields
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During the Gold Rush, individual prospectors came first, followed by large mining companies. They developed highly cost-effective techniques for underground mining, and this park provides detailed, guided tours and explanations. The Empire Mine was in business for over a century, closing in 1956. During those years, the mine extracted about 5.6 million ounces of gold.
While the mine was open, the owners maintained a blacked-out "Secret Room", where they planned their operations. It includes a scale model of the hundreds of underground mine shafts (most are now underwater), which provides a sense of the size of this endeavor. Only a few trusted employees were allowed in here.
The yard contains a vast assortment of mining equipment. The park also has a housing for a mine shaft, where visitors can explore the upper end. Please don't venture beyond the limit; it's too dangerous down there (a park employee is on hand to guide you).
This is a must-see for history buffs. Located outside Grass Valley, at 10791 East Empire Street.
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