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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Ranked #12 of 18 Attractions in Keystone
Type: Mines, Cultural
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Owner description: Big Thunder Gold Mine has an original tour which lasts 45-55 minutes and was founded in 1892. You see the largest display of mining equipment in the Black Hills and learn the history of the gold rush in 1876. We have two forms of panning: one is our commercial panning right on site. Guides will demonstrate theskill of panning, no time limit and we guarentee you will find gold. We also have claim panning where you will pan directly our of the creek 4 miles down the road on Forest Service property. Those exist in 4 hour trips.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We went over the off season, and were highly impressed by this attraction. Staff was welcoming, knowledgeable and related well to children. Thanks to Rattlesnake Randy for taking time to instruct our teenagers in panning and educating all of us about the area.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Wasn't expecting much from what we had assumed was a tourist trap, but we were pleasantly surprised. Staff was knowledgable and friendly, and the mine itself was very cool. Don't miss it.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so very much for the wonderful review, it is always our please to serve you and your family! Sandi More

Deadwood, South Dakota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

With 4 teenagers in tow this place was a hit. The tour was great! The tour guide is a teacher and he was energetic and had the girls attention with banter and good humor. He was knowledgeable and when it came to panning for gold everyone was excited to try it. Spent 2 hours panning and each person is given... More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank yuou for the great review! Gold panning is fun, we are hooked! Thank you for coming! Sandi More

London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We did not come in search of gold, but at the end of the tour there is an opportunity to use an old sieve to try and make your fortune! OK, good fun for kids, but as adults, we also enjoyed the tour. What was nice, but that we had an elderly aunt with us and they kindly gave us... More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for your input and the good review. Have a great trip! Sandi More

Bloomfield, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We went on a 4 hour claim tour with rattlesnake Randy. We walked a 1/2 mile or so to their claim in the hills. Randy set up the sluice in the stream. We dug material out of the rocks on the hillside and ran it through the sluice. Randy showed us what to do and assisted us, but we did... More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review, it is important that we take good care of our customers. Sandi More

Tulsa, OK
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I was impressed that this actually was an old gold mine---not something made up just for the tourist trade. The guide was informative, and we had a small group, so no problems with space once we wandered into the mine itself. Just a fun little experience.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, personal is very important. Thank you! Sandi More

Houma, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Interesting tour with guide Daven. Learned about history of gold mining and stories of colorful characters of that era. Had fun panning for gold.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much reviewing our business. That is what motivates our staff, your satisfaction with your experience. More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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39 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Interesting peek into an old gold mine. There isn't a whole lot to see here, but the tour was informative and you can also pay extra to pan for gold if you are so inclined.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing. May I ask what additional things you wanted to see and who your guide was? We try to change by inquiring about all reviews. Thank you Sandi More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Wanted my nephew to see the inside of and old gold mine since his Grandfather and Great-Grandfather both worked the Homestake Mine in Lead. Our guide was extremely entertaining and we learned a lot. Also found some really cool rocks and minerals during our gold panning experience after the mine tour!

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thankyou so much for review that is our goal to have the time of your life. Sandi More

Wisconsin
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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by this attraction and would definitely recommend it as a "must see". Our guide (Chuck) was fantastic, very informative and welcoming to questions/curiosity.

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. It was our pleasure to serve you! Sandi More

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