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October 30 only!

Thrillls, Chills and Tommyknockers!

 For Halloween,  Our Priest Mine will Become a “Spooktacular” Place for Some Family Fun and a Little History

 This family friendly event is being coordinated by Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park Development Committee volunteers in cooperation with Placerville’s Parks and Recreation Dept. The guided tours are a fundraiser and 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to help preserve and protect the park’s rich mining history. We're listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a Point of Historic Interest on the California Registry. 

 The Priest Mine is the perfect location to combine a little Halloween fun with some interesting Tommyknocker history. To learn more about these malevolent little characters, tho, you’ll just have to come to the mine!

 ”Thrills, Chills and Tommyknockers”  is a family event and everyone is encouraged to come in costume. All kids will receive an apple donated by the local Apple Hill orchards.

 Black Bart, the “Gentleman Bandit” will be at the Stamp Mill to share stories of his thievery, Gold Rush intrigue and poetic prowess.  He will also give away some of his ill-gained riches to the kids in the form of chocolate gold coins.  

Adding to the day’s activities will be demonstrations by the park’s talented blacksmiths. These artisans will be showing their wares and taking orders for special one-of-a-kind items for holiday gifts.

The Priest Mine Halloween tour tickets are $4.00 each and include the use of a hardhat.  Ticket sales and the first tour will start at 10:00 a.m. Final ticket sales will be at 3:00 p.m. The last tour starts at 3:30 p.m. sharp.   All park activities end at 4 p.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased by cash only on the day of the tour. There are no age discounts or a requirement to purchase a Gold Bug audio tour. All of the park’s activities and educational attractions will be open and available during the entire weekend.

We provide our  visitors with an inexpensive, educational and fun family experience. In the last year we provided educational tours to more than 7,000 students plus entertained thousands of visitors from every state in the union and more than 35 foreign countries. In just the last year our  geologically rich environment has attracted film crews shooting special features for the PBS educational series NOVA. We've also been recognized as the Best Local Attraction by the Mt. Democrat’s Reader’s Choice Award for the last several years.  And earned the TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence!

The park’s free admission provides access to the mining museum, stamp mill presentations, mineral displays and continuous blacksmith demonstrations.  Other free attractions include dog friendly hiking trails, a gift shop and the Liberty Picnic Pavilion. Parking is also free. 

The Gold Bug Mine tour includes a self-guided audio device and the use of a hardhat.  Prices for adults are $7.00; Youths 3 to 17 yrs. $4.00; Kids 2 years and under are free. A new feature is the ability for iPhone users to download for free the mine’s audio tour app which means guests can actually take a bit of Gold Bug’s history back home.  Gem panning is $2.00 per hour and includes the use of a gold pan. All persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

     Our  gates are open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the mines, museum, gift shop, stamp mill and blacksmith shop are all open from10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The last audio tour of the Gold Bug mine is available at 3:30 p.m.

      Gold Bug Park is located at 2635 Gold Bug Lane, one mile off of Highway 50 at Bedford Avenue in Placerville.

     For more information contact the park at 530-642-5207.

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