Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of one of the oldest, largest, and richest gold mines in California. In existence for more than 100 years, the mine produced 5.6 million ounces of gold before it closed in 1956. The park contains many of the mine’s buildings, the owner’s home and restored gardens, a visitor center, and some picnic tables and trails. The park is off highway 49 at 10791 E. Empire Street in Grass Valley. Phone (530) 273-8522 for more information.
Visitor center/museum: Housed in a historic structure, the visitor center and exhibits are generally accessible for many visitors. Parking is generally accessible. Designated accessible spaces are available. Parking on south side of Empire Street provides closest and safest site access for persons with mobility impairments, but there are also designated accessible spaces across the road. Restrooms adjacent to the south parking lot are accessible.
Mine shops and exhibits area: The routes to and through the mine yard include some paved walkways that allow some of the first floor buildings to be usable. However much of route of travel has sloping terrain and large, shifting gravel. Restrooms are generally accessible.
Empire Cottage: Persons using wheelchairs may make advance arrangements for transportation or for access to alternative entries or lifts. The cottage is seen by guided tour only and is generally accessible except for one tight hallway. The formal gardens may be seen from above near the ramp to the Cottage. Contact the park for more information.