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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
6056664847
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Ranked #11 of 18 attractions in Keystone
Type: Mines
Description: Take a tour and pan for gold.
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Eaton
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Myself and three of my kids absolutely loved this place! Our tour guide, Matt, was incredible! He found out the names of all the kids on the tour an had them lease the tour so they didn't miss a thing. I even enjoyed myself. We panned for minerals and gold after and I have to say, it was awesome. Don't... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This was really cool. We were in a good sized group when we were touring, but the guide was really nice and answered any questions we had. The history behind everything is really pretty cool, and I learned that panning for gold was harder than it looks (but still great fun). The people working there were very nice and made... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you like history and enjoy family-friendly activities, then this is a perfect stop! The facility is clean. The staff is friendly. You really get a chance to take it all in. We weren't rushed and we really had fun panning for gold. It's not as easy as you'd think!

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Dearborn, Missouri
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12 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

It was alright. Nothing spectacular. Tour was ok, guide was nice, panning was ok. Nothing was terrible, everyone was nice, but nothing was spectacular either. The kids did enjoy buying some pretty rocks from the gift shop, they were inexpensive. And we got to take a really cute photo of the kids in a mining cart inside the mine. I... More

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Muscatine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We were in a group of over 30 people on the tour & got stuck in the back. My kids didn't get to see anything the guide talked about until they left that spot & went on to the next & by then we had to go too. Panning for gold was a joke. We spent 20-30 minutes panning &... More

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Sauk Rapids
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Went into do a little panning for 8 yr old daughter. Standing at the counter to do our purchase and deciding what to purchase. Daughter was turning penny crank machine to decide what penny she wanted. Lady at counter rudely told her it's not a toy for her to touch or turn!! Seriously the machine is made to turn! We... More

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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It was just OK. Not a highlight if our trip but not too bad either. The gold mine tour was interesting and just right in length and time. Panning for gold and jewels was OK. We bought geodes to have opened but after we bought them the said their machine was stripped and couldn't cut them open. The guy behind... More

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Carlyle, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I thought this was a great tour, my husband thought it would be different, a little more complex. You are literally walking into a mine. You have to wear a hard hat & ducking is required in places. It is cool, like a cave, and wet in places. The walk is relatively short and flat. The story of the mine's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Some friends of ours had visited you in May and recommended we go there. They also said to get "Rattlesnake Randy" as your guide. We booked our tour with him for 4 adults and 9 kids (ages 10-15) and EVERYBODY had a ton of fun!!!! (Which anybody that knows kids, knows it's hard to please that many at once) he... More

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Ashland, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went on the mine tour with Tour Guide David - did an excellent job! Very interesting and he did an great job keeping us interested in the story of the mine. Didn't pan for gold as we thought the kids wouldn't hold out that long after the tour.

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