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Wades Gold Mill

12401 Deerfield Road, Hill City, SD 57745
+1 605-574-2680
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Hill City
Type: Mines
Owner description: Our season is Memorial Day - Labor Day! An authentic experience - learn about the history of gold mining in the Black Hills, and try your hand at... more » Owner description: Our season is Memorial Day - Labor Day! An authentic experience - learn about the history of gold mining in the Black Hills, and try your hand at panning for gold. Guided tours, gold panning lessons. « less
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Stopped in after a recommendation from fellow campers. Small family run mill. Was cool to see although the 6&8 year old got bored on the tour. The whole family enjoyed learning to pan and get a little gold and a lot of garnets.

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us, and for taking the time to write up a review! We're glad everyone loved the panning! On the tour, we try to interact with everyone as much as possible, but understand that sometimes it is hard to keep it interesting for everyone the whole time. Hope you enjoyed your time in the Hills! More

Kansas City, Kansas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a way to learn about how to pan for gold. The history of the Wades gold Mill was interesting, and Mr Wade has collected old mining equipment and is preserving the history of how to pan for gold for the future so it is not lost forever. We stayed a couple of hours and was taught how to pan,... More

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us, and for taking the time to write up a review! We're glad you enjoyed learning about the history of Wade's Gold Mill and the local mining industry, and enjoyed learning how to pan for gold! We love to share the stories with our guests! We hope you had a great trip in the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Our 7 year old and 5 year old sons had the opportunity to pan for gold here. There was a short video at the start that allowed us to learn about the history of Wade's Gold Mill. They were then shown how to pan for gold with thorough instructions and a lot of patience. Each sample we were given had... More

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit us, and for writing up a review! We are so glad that your kids enjoyed the panning so much, and also showing it off to their friends :) Wishing you all the best! More

Fort Frances, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We came on a very hot day but it wasn't super busy so we loved that. They only run two tours a day so plan for that in your timing. We panned for gold with their stocked little bottles. that was fun. then we tried panning from the pile of dirt they have there. that was fun too. My one... More

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit with us, and for taking the time to write up a review! We are glad you enjoyed panning and the tour - we really enjoy sharing our interests with others. I will be sure to pass along your great comments to our staff! We hope you had a great time in the... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

My 22 year old son thought this place was great. On the real casual side, but the owners were very friendly.

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in to visit us, and for taking the time to write up a review! Hope you had a wonderful time in the Hills. All our best! More

Colonsay, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We learned a lot about gold panning and the history of the area. Very nice people, they made the experience memorable.

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Cari R, Front Office Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in to visit us, and for taking the time to write a review! We're glad that you enjoyed your experience and felt like you learned a lot about gold panning & local history. Hope you had a great time the Hills - thanks! More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went to Wade's Gold Mill based on a recommendation from friends. We were not disappointed. We watched a short video when we arrived that even my 11 and 9 year olds found interesting. Bill 2 took great time and patience with all of us teaching us the proper techniques of panning. We all received little viles of sediment to... More

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us, and for your wonderful review!! We're so glad you had a great time!! I will pass along your comments to our staff. Hope you can come back again :) All our best! More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Do not pass Wade's Gold Mill up, it is a must see for the young and young at heart. I loved the authentic family run business. The Wade family is fully involved in their family's generational passion, gold mining. Don't judge a book by its cover its NOT like those other mining outfits that give you a bag of dirt... More

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting, and for taking the time to share your experience! What an honor to be your favorite stop on your trip, as there are a lot of amazing things to see & do in the Hills :) We do our best to offer something for everyone, so I'm glad that you all enjoyed your visit!... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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70 reviews 70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Had it not been for TripAdvisor I probably wouldn't have known about this place, or would have been more apt to visit one of the bigger, touristy places. The reviews about this being a more authentic panning experience made me choose this for one of our family vacation activities. When we first pulled in the driveway my husband asked, "Are... More

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in and spending time with us, and for writing up a review! We're so glad you all had a great time, and enjoyed learning about panning!! Hope your trip to the Hills was outstanding. :) More

Colstrip, Montana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Outstanding place, very friendly and helpful, had a blast Big Thank You to Jennifer and Bill, you both are great, the G-Kids had a blast, so did the adults. We definitely will return.

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Cari R, Public Relations Manager at Wades Gold Mill, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to stop in and visit, and thanks for the great review! We are glad you all had fun - that's what we're here for! I'll be sure to pass along your comments to our staff :) Hope you had a great time in the Hills! More

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