1995 Mining History Association Tour

Empire Mine State Historic Park

Grass Valley, California

June 3, 1995

 

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The Empire Mine Clubhouse was built in 1905 as a recreational facility for supervisory employees.  It is still used for special park events.

 

One of the most unusual sights at the Empire Mine is the Model Room located next to the Visitor’s Center.  The scale model (above) constructed by the mining engineers shows all of the workings of the Empire and the other mines adjoining it.  The once “top secret” model can now be seen by visitors.  (2011 photo)

 

This close-up view of the model shows upper workings of the Empire Mine.  The entire model may be the largest of its type ever constructed.  (2011 photo)

 

Another section of the model shows the upper workings of the North Star Mine.  (2011 photo)

In 1897, mine owner, William Bourn, constructed the “Empire Cottage” as his personal residence at the mine (front view).

 

The Bourne Family’s Empire Cottage (rear view).

 

(Left)  The Empire Cottage was beautifully landscaped with extensive gardens and water features such as this cascade which feeds a reflecting pool.

 

(Above)  The gardens still contain many species of trees and shrubbery including over 1000 vintage rose bushes.

 

 

 

Photo Credits: Mike Kaas and Robert Shoemaker

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