The Empire Mine was the richest hard rock mine in the State of California, producing 5.8 million ounces of gold in its operating history of 106 years (1850-1956). The Park is noted for its historical tours of the Bourn Cottage, the mine yard and “living history” events. In addition, the Park museum has a scale model of the underground workings of the Empire/Star mine complex, a “gold room” which displays ore samples from local mines, an Assay Office and an extensive mineral collection. Each year a Springtime Open House is held on Mother’s Day Weekend, featuring “living history” programs, food service and entertainment. Stroll the lovely 13-acre grounds and trails, considered a showplace in the mining world. Wedding & events facilities are available by reservation.
Wooded trails with easy to challenging terrain traverse California’s richest gold mine, on both sides of Highway 174. Trail maps are available at the park visitor center but don’t ride in the visitor center area. There is an admission charge at this gate. Please observe the “No Bikes” signs in some areas.