Projects & Donations
Your tax-deductible donations are both welcome and
located in the Visitors Center ( see below ) recognizes those donors who
have made contibutions of $5000 or more.Donation checks should be made
out to "EMPA" and mailed to EMPA at 10787 Empire St.,
Grass Valley, Ca. 95945.
Donations are combined with proceeds from
the Gift Shop and other special events and remain
within the park where they are used by the Empire Mine Park
Association (EMPA) to support its primary function of
providing funds for historical restoration and visitor
enhancement projects. It should be noted that virtually
100% of the funds go directly to the projects. EMPA has no
paid employees and a high percentage of the labor is
donated by the volunteers of the Over-the-Hill Gang.
You are invited to join EMPA as a member. You may either stop by the Park and pick up an application or you may simply mail a check made out to "EMPA" with your name,address,phone number and e-mail address. The following dues ( tax deductible ) are applicable:
1. Life time Membership - $200 or
2. Supporting Membership - $50 or
3. Individual,Family,Student or Senior - $20 (Annual dues )
Mail your check to EMPA, Attn: Treasurer, 10787 East Empire Street,Grass Valley,Ca. 95945.
Members receive the "Empire Star" ( a monthly publication ) and a 10% discount in the Gift Shop.Note: To reduce mailing expenses EMPA prefers to e-mail the monthly Empire Star.
Projects currently under consideration include:
- Restoration of the Headframe. The Headframe,
a Grass Valley landmark and a significant reminder of
California's golden history, represented the principle
link between the underground mining operations and the
surface operations. Its 94 foot height dominated the
skyline. Safety concerns prompted Newmont Mining Corp.
to blow up the old Headframe in 1969. All that remains of
the original 94 foot structure is approximately 30 feet.
- Restoration of the Stamp Mill Building. This
building housed the 80 stamps that crushed the gold ore
into the texture of sand. Mercury was employed to capture
the gold as it left the stamps. When Newmont Mines closed
the mine in 1956 they auctioned off as much equipment and
buildings as possible -- the Stamp Mill Building was one of
the items sold.