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Broken Boot Gold Mine

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Address: Upper Main St, Deadwood, SD
Phone Number: 605-578-1876
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Activities: Prospecting
Description: Pan for gold in this historic gold mining area.

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Theres's gold in them there hills!

A lovely visit to an ex-gold mine although it was never a great success and was more known for producing Iron pyrites or Fools Gold - used in the industry to make sulphuric acid... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I know admission was only $5, but the 'tour' lasted only 15 minutes, and we weren't able to look around any more than that. And the guide had limited knowledge about the mine - I leant more reading the web site! She announced that the mine reopened in 1917 to produce sulphur for the Cold War (oh dear) and couldn't... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

They are only open Memorial day thru Labor day be careful when you plan your visit. Their website didn't indicate they were seasonal.

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
50 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A lovely visit to an ex-gold mine although it was never a great success and was more known for producing Iron pyrites or Fools Gold - used in the industry to make sulphuric acid which dissolved the gold out of the ore. We panned for gold and found some (unfortunately not enough to retire on) and them went on a... More 

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Upton, Wyoming
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Do not spend your money for this. It was just a short tunnel into the side of a hill. Sure, they have good stories but it just was a waste of my time. So much more to do in the Black Hills!

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South Dakota
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12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I was interested in doing a "tourist-style" (not a do-it-yourself) gold panning. There are several places that have gold panning in the Black Hills. We happened to drive by Broken Boot (right along the highway between Lead and Deadwood) and decided to give it a try. They also offer mine tours, but I just did the gold panning. They provide... More 

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Chicago, IL
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97 reviews 97 reviews
22 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Our family of three stopped here on our way out of Deadwood (Deadwood was a waste of our time unfortunately). We took a short tour of the mine and had a chance to pan for "gold" afterward, which our five year old really got a kick out of. The tour guides are pretty knowledgeable and the price didn't break the... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

So much fun. Inexpensive admission fee. Pay a extra $1.00 and get a bag of rocks and sediment that will guarantee you find gold. They teach you how to pan for gold. And we found some that we got take home! Go early in the morning to avoid crowds. The guide was young and very knowledgeable. We went into mine... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We loved this little mine. Our guide was very knowledgable and could answer all our questions (we asked loads). It was interesting to discover how the men mined in difficult conditions and how much gold is still in there. Panning for gold was a highlight. I found it very therapeutic and the excitement at picking out my little bits of... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We brought our boys here (10 & 5) for the tour and the panning for gold. The tour was short but fun and informative. Skylar was our guide and he was darling. They both had fun panning for gold. Skylar helped them both out to make sure they didn't lose any of their treasure. For the price (with AAA discount... More 

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Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Liked that tour guide was knowledgeable and funny. Everyone was very polite, and they were the ones who offered us the "pass" for visiting. Did the gold panning, and it was ok for $7, but seemed a bit overpriced. The tour is not very long, but it is worth doing. We enjoyed it. It is the only spot we visited... More 

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