Gold fever still burns bright at Empire Mine – and we want to keep it that way!
Empire Mine Park Association (EMPA, for short) is dedicated to maintaining the history, beauty and worldwide appeal of Empire Mine State Historic Park. Founded in 1976, our goal is to make each visit authentic, safe and memorable.
We’re a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and we provide the Park with vital financial support to continue its legacy of gold, grit, and glory.
The Park welcomes around 100,000 visitors from all over the world each year. Many come to discover our gritty hard-rock mining history, while others are lured by the splendor of Empire Cottage, with its glorious gardens and fountains.
Empire Mine State Historic Park’s close to 850 acres include miles of scenic trails for hiking, biking, running, dog walking and horseback riding. Enjoy a memorable day at one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous gold mines in North American history
In the early 1900s, Empire Mine was in its heydays. Stamp mills thundered 24 hours a day. You could set your watch by its haunting whistle that reminded local residents all systems were go at the prosperous Empire Mine. Open for business from 1850 until its closing in 1956, Empire Mine produced 5.8 million ounces of gold. Miners from Cornwall, England – and all over the world – left their homes to be part of the action. Under the auspices of owner William Bourn, Jr. and successful mine manager George Starr, Empire Mine changed local, national and world history forever. Today visitors can walk in their footsteps – and experience what life was like in those heady times.
- Empire Cottage, designed by famed architect Willis Polk – with its stately gardens and fountains
- The impressive Clubhouse, built in 1905 to entertain business magnets from all over the world
- The Mineyard where the ore from the mine was processed into gold bars
- The Mine Shaft, where visitors can sit on an actual man skip that transported the miners underground
- The Blacksmith Shop, Machine Shop, and other buildings were the “hubs” of Empire Mine’s success