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Big Thunder Gold Mine

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Address: 604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
Phone Number: +1 605-666-4847
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Description: Big Thunder Gold Mine has an original tour which lasts 45-55 minutes and...
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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Little Miners having Fun!

Great little site with multiple adventures depending on your mood. We did not opt for mine tour, settling on gem panning and gold panning for the girls. Very reasonable prices... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had a great time with Chuck on the 27th! He was very knowledgeable and funny! Not what I imagined gold mining to be. Very big help with the panning. Make sure you try to get on his tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I recommend this tour. Our tour guide chuck was very knowledgeable and funny! The mine was really cool! Worth every penny!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Great tour with Carin, she explained the history, the owners and about the different types of gold mining! We all enjoyed the tour and then the kids panned for gold and had lots of fun!! Great 2-3 hour stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

If you want to spend a day panning for gold or gems, Big Thunder Mine is the place. We had so much fun taking the tour and panning, we went back for a second day. The employees are so cool. They are very knowledgeable. If you take the time you may learn something.(I did).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Chris and Matt give great tours. We went pre 'season' by a week and were the only ones on the tour (wife and two and four year old). I am extremely claustraphobic since returning from overseas but had absolutely no issues because of the great layout. I am 6'4" and had to duck three times otherwise I could stand normally.... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Great little site with multiple adventures depending on your mood. We did not opt for mine tour, settling on gem panning and gold panning for the girls. Very reasonable prices. Interestingly, our guide told us we were welcome to stay as long as we wanted as long as we left by October when they close for season. After asking if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Lucky for us we drove to the Blackhills, Yellowstone & the Grand Tetons as this meant we had a car at the ready. The trunk was visibly lower by the time we left The Shed and I have lovely pieces of rose quartz and some sort of obsidean in my living room.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

If you have never panned for gold, this is a great family stop. You actually go inside what was once a working gold mine and then get to pan for your own gold after the tour.

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Watertown, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

My kids just loved the tour and I thought the guide was great and very informative. You can pan for gold afterwards!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Exploring the mine is not for the claustrophobic, but walking the mine and hearing the stories they tell give you an education that no book could ever give.

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