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“Interesting and Educational and Fun”

Empire Mine State Historic Park
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Owner description: The remains of one of the West's most lucrative gold mines have been preserved as a historic park.
Sacramento, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Interesting and Educational and Fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

First trip trip to Gold Country and visiting an actual mine. Quite and experience to look down an actual mine shaft. Toured the house that the mine owner lived and was treated to talks by docents dressed in period costumes and acting as if it was 1905.
Visited a working blacksmith shop and watched the blacksmith forge a horseshoe nail into a salt spoon which he presented to my wife. Recommend this as a "must do" when in the area.
Worth a stop.

Visited August 2014
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Olympia, Washington
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39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful grounds and interesting history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We went on what was supposed to be one of their "living history" days where the volunteers dress up in period costume and "act" out historical parts of the mine's historical figures. Understandably, the volunteers that were supposed to be in the outlying buildings and around the mine itself cancelled as the weather was hovering around 100 degrees. Lucky for us though The Bourn Cottage and its volunteers were all there and we were able to get a decent amount of history and were able to walk through the downstairs of the cottage itself. Lovely gardens, and informative tour. My son LOVED the gift shop, as he is a rockhound. He could have walked around and examined all the specimens for hours.

Visited July 2014
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Nashport, Ohio
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159 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A complete history of the mine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

The empire mine park is a self guided tour where you can take your time. Trace the history of the Bourne family's gold venture and visit the building where they entertained prospective investors and the Bourne's personal "Cottage" with beautiful fountains and pool in front yard. See all the mining buildings and learn exactly how they mined the gold.

Visited October 2013
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tiburon
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149 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“lot of interesting history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Should have more docent. Only one black smith on duty on a busy
weekend. $7 to get in. Takes about two hours to see it all.

Visited July 2014
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Puntarenas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“For $7, it's well worth it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Lover and I came here wanting to do some walking around and hiking. We learned a lot about mining and also too tons of photos! It's a photographer's dream come true! Loved all the antique/ older objects and tools throughout!

We had caught a tour just before one started. It was only 45 min or so.. Not too bad. Then we walked around the grounds and got lost and took more pics .


Great little trinkets for gifts a the giftshop! Would come here again!

Visited July 2014
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