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October 22, 2013
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Empire Mine tour in front of supes


Members of the Empire Mine Parks Association will ask the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to lend its support to an attempt to rejuvenate an ongoing project at the Empire Mine State Historic Site.

For nearly 30 years, a project to create the Empire Mine Underground Tour has been in development.

“It would be a one-of-a-kind opportunity, especially within the California park system,” said Jim Dierberger, a volunteer with Empire Mine Parks Association. “Completion of the tour is important to this community.”

Dierberger said the tour would include a chance to ride a historic mine train, which will take guests back to a point where they could witness the sprawling underground workings.

“It would be quite a history lesson,” he said.

The goal for opening the tour is 2016, but volunteers with the park association are beginning to fret that the recent well-documented financial and administrative issues with the California State Parks Department may postpone the opening date.

Orlo Steele, another volunteer with the parks association, said garnering support for the tour will show legislators and officials in Sacramento that there is local will behind the project, ideally inducing a high prioritization for the project.

“We are trying to get this project resurrected,” he said.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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