Our West Coast Adventures during 2013 travel blog

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Bourn Cottage

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Empire Gold Mine

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Historic Holbrooke Hotel

Nevada County Fairgrounds

Nevada County Fairgrounds

Nevada County Fairgrounds

Nevada County Fairgrounds

Nevada County Fairgrounds

Nevada County Fairgrounds


We toured the Empire Gold Mine and the Bourn (owner of the mine) Cottage which they built for their daughter and her husband, we also visited the Historic Holbrook Hotel. The Nevada County Fairground has a wonderful statue at the entrance which Jimmie and Jeanine contributed to its construction.

Empire Gold Mine - The Empire Mine was the richest hard-rock mine in the State of California producing 5.8 million ounces of gold in its operating history of 106 years (1850-1956). George Roberts, the original discoverer of the gold soon sold his interest and by 1869 William Bourn Sr. owned controlling interest. The Bourn family maintained control of the mine until 1929 when it was sold to Newmont Mining. It ceased operation in 1956. In 1975 the State purchased the surface property as the Empire Mine State Historic Park. The Park continues to draw thousands of worldwide visitors each year and is noted for its historical tours of the Bourn Cottage, the mineyard and "living history" events.

Bourn Cottage - The Bourn's built this cottage - 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, air conditioning and electricity for their daughter who married a Baron from Germany.

Holbrooke Hotel - The original building, constructed in 1852 by Stephen and Clara Smith, was a saloon, the Golden Gate Saloon. The following year, a single-story annex, the Exchange Hotel, was added at the back of the saloon. The fire of 1855 burned down the saloon, but it was rebuilt with fieldstone and a brick facade. The Exchange Hotel was caught in a fire in 1862, after which it was renovated into a two-story structure. In 1879, it was named the Holbrooke Hotel after the owner, D. P. Holbrooke. The hotel continues to be privately owned. Several notable people stayed at the hotel including “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, Lotta Crabtree, Bob Fitzsimmons, Bret Harte, Jack London, Lola Montez, Emma Nevada, Mark Twain, and three US Presidents, James Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant, and Benjamin Harrison.

Nevada Fairground statue is a Clydesdale horse pulling a log sled.



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