Empire Mine State Historic Park in Grass Valley, California tells the story of the Empire mine and hard rock mining. In addition to many mine buildings and equipment there still exist the cottage that the owners, the Bourn family, used as a country home and a club house used for entertaining. We toured these while they were dressed for Christmas.
The first stop on the tour was the club house.
Through the door is the billiard room. There was also a bar, a bowling alley and guest rooms for overnight guests.
The family's primary home was in Woodside and is now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. I hope to tour the estate, called Filoli, some time in the future.
This beautiful home was only used a few weeks a year.
Of course, the sound of the stamps, used to crush the ore rocks, might have made it less appealing than it seems today.
See more views of our wonderful world at That's My World, Tuesday, hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren and Sylvia.