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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
6056664847
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Ranked #10 of 18 attractions in Keystone
Type: Mines
Description: Take a tour and pan for gold.
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Muscatine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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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Muncie, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We took the mine tour and it was very interesting learning about the history of it. The kids loved panning for gold and gems. Next time we will do the claim panning though but had a great time.

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Midwest
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Kids really wanted to pan for gold. This is harder than it sounds and does require patience. My 9&11 year olds had fun, but 6 year old fizzled out quick. I would recommend parents don't get their own pans, and share with kids to save $. I really wish we would have done that, because it was a waste to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Rattle Snake Randy was awesome!!! We had such a great time panning for gold. Highly recommended!!We mined and found our own gold on their claim

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Mililani, Hawaii
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70 reviews 70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Our adventure started with a tour of the old mine. Our guide helped us to understand the history of the times and of the mine and our appreciation of the prospectors and what they did to find their fortune in the Black Hills. After our tour we went to the "barn" where the rocks were beaten down so that the... More

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