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Broken Boot Gold Mine

Address: Upper Main St, Deadwood, SD
Phone Number: 605-578-1876
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Ranked #9 of 34 things to do in Deadwood
Type: Mines, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Prospecting
Owner description: Pan for gold in this historic gold mining area.
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Type: Mines, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Prospecting
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: Pan for gold in this historic gold mining area.

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English first
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
52 helpful votes 52 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
2 helpful votes 2 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Avon, Colorado
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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Definitely worth the time and fee, especially if you have kids with you. Our grandkids (9 and 11) really loved it. Educational and fun, they loved the tour and the gold panning.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Drove by on our way out of town and decided to stop and check it out. So glad we did. The price was cheap, even more of a discount if you are a AAA member, and you have the option of paying a little extra to pan for gold afterwards. The tour started within 5 minutes of our arrival, lasted... More 

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