September 28, 2015

Empire Mine State Historic Park - Field Study Da

What a way to spend a Sunday. We packed a picnic, loaded up the car and took of for an adventure. We were originally on our way to Malakoff Diggins State Park. The boys were starting to get restless from the drive, when we had passed an exit for Empire Mine. We made a quick decision to turn around and go back since we still had 45 minutes left to our trip. So glad we did!  Gavin and Garren were our photographers for the trip. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Stamp Mill that was used to crush the ore.

The Empire Mine was open from 1850 until 1956.

Hydraulic Drill

The Secret Room - Mine model
With over 367 miles of underground tunnels, at almost 1 mile underground

Mine cart that was used to take materials out of the mine.

George was our tour guide and had lots of information to share. 
One of the largest and riches gold mines in California, the Empire produced 5.8 million ounces of ore.

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