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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
6056664847
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Ranked #12 of 16 attractions in Keystone
Type: Mines
Description: Take a tour and pan for gold.
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LaPorte, Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Matt was our tour guide, he was excellent with the kids gave a great fun tour took pictures for us. Taught us how to gold pan. They have a shop and we were able to buy a lot of stuff and it was not too expensive.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great stop on the way to Mount Rushmore. Our guide was very informative and great with the kids. Definitely worth the stop!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

I had relatively low expectations for what I assumed would be a very touristy attraction. I walked away really having enjoyed the experience. Our guide David did a really nice job telling the story of two German immigrants who worked a small claim for over 35 years. Really interesting story that gave a sense of what a miners life was... More

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Mississippi
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41 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

My wife and I toured the Big Thunder Gold Mine recently and enjoyed the experience. First, we went into a small gift shop and purchased tickets. We then waited a while (15-20 minutes) for the next tour, which turned out to be the guide and the two of us. To be fair, there had been a huge, unexpected snowfall and... More

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Missouri
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76 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We missed the last tour of the day by just a bit but we stuck around and panned for gold. It was dark (stormy) out and the lights on the porch were not very bright so this made for a very difficult task of finding anything in our pans. It cleared up about ten minutes into our panning experience and... More

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Senior Contributor
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13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

It was a great stop with kids. Just enough info and length with kids. Great opportunities to take pictures and learn some history. A little spendy to pan for gold but the kids loved it!

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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We went to the mine to escape the heat. The mine itself is nice and cool. The tour guide was informative and gave us some good insight into what it was like to be a miner. My kids loved panning for gold the best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

It was a great tour, very informative and interesting. Tour guide got all the kids involved and they seemed to enjoy that. The panning was fun. Everyone was so helpful so they could br sure everyone was successful at panning. Want to do a land claim next time.

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

This was a great little tour, and we had a blast panning for gold and gemstones. The stores covered more than just the average mine tour, and the story behind this particular mine was interesting in and of itself. The proprietors are great people and genuinely strive to take care of their visitors. We were glad that we gave this... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This was an informative tour. We had never been within a gold mine before. Our guide was very knowledgeable & answered all of our questions. Takes you back in time & makes you realize how hard these gold miners had it. Eyeopening!

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