The area of northern California where I was (see last post) had been a gold mining region. So one of the excursions we had as part of the NEWSTART program was a visit Empire Mine State Historic Park. The site includes a museum and Visitor’s Center with a scale model of the mine’s below the surface workings, a gift shop, mine shafts, the owner’s mansion, called "The Cottage," the mine superintendent’s house, a club house and beautiful grounds. For this post, I’ll focus on the beautiful outdoor views that I photographed while there on July 4, 2010.
Here is a view of the fountain across the lawn in front of the mansion
Two stately planted urns frame the approach up to The Cottage:
The Cottage, home of the owner of the Empire Gold Mine, William Bourn, Jr.
Façade of The Cottage
Roses in front of the mansion
Another light fixture in front of the ornate front entrance
Towering Ponderosa pines