February 21, 2014 |
California's Gold Rush may have started at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, but Empire Mine in Grass Valley proved to be among the largest gold-producing mines in the state. For more than two decades, the state historic park had plans to relive those glory days by taking tourists on mining carts into the historic shaft -- plans that cost the agency $3.5 million before they were scrapped last year over budget and safety concerns. California State Parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Tuesday that the agency put the brakes on re-creating the mine-shaft experience at the park in October.
May 24, 1998 |
A free 346-page book, "California Historical Landmarks," is available for people who order a California State Parks Annual Pass by June 30. The pass is a vehicle sticker that allows unlimited access to lots of state parks. The price ($75) is the same as last year, but the book offer is new. Normally priced at $11.95, the book lists more than 1,000 state historic landmarks, with locations and brief backgrounds. To order the pass, call the California State Parks Store, (800) 777-0369.
April 30, 1995
Admission to all state parks except Hearst Castle will be free on Monday, the beginning of California State Parks Month. Throughout May, California State Parks, which showcase and protect examples of California's ecological and cultural diversity, will stage special displays and programs. Taking a Tour the Wright Way Daily tours of Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home and estate, Taliesin, are slated to start Monday.
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May 2, 2000 |
Standing amid the green hills of Tapia State Park in Calabasas, Gov. Gray Davis announced a plan Monday to cut state park fees in half and increase park use by Californians. Speaking on the first day of "California State Parks Month," Davis said he hoped the fee reduction would make state parks more affordable for working families, groups, associations and clubs.
April 8, 2009 |
Three 16th century paintings that have hung in the Hearst Castle in San Simeon for nearly 70 years will be returned to the descendants of Holocaust victims as part of a deal struck with California State Parks. The paintings will be handed over to the heirs of Jacob and Rosa Oppenheimer in a ceremony set for Friday in Sacramento. A spokesman for California State Parks said the paintings date from about 1500 to 1590 and originated in the area of what is now Venice, Italy. The spokesman declined to provide more details ahead of Friday's ceremony.
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August 4, 1998 |
More than 500 young people from Police Activities Leagues throughout the state will gather in Huntington Beach today for two days of beach-related events and camping sponsored by the California state parks. Billed as the first annual Beach Play Day, the event will be the first time many of the youths have gone to the beach and camped, organizers said.