Since 1895: 123rd Miners Picnic continues support of Empire Mine | TheUnion.com

Since 1895: 123rd Miners Picnic continues support of Empire Mine

The Union staff

The beautifully kept grounds of Empire Mine State Historic park was the scene of a 123-year-old tradition dating back to 1895 when miners would enter the dangerous mine shafts, sometimes never to return alive.

Thus, the Miners Picnic was formed as a place for families to gather to raise money for the widows and orphans of miners, as well as for those injured and out of work.

Today, the Miners Picnic is a day full of fun, food, gold history and lasting memories with proceeds benefiting the existence of Empire Mine State Historic Park for generations to come.

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