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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
6056664847
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Ranked #12 of 18 Attractions in Keystone
Type: Mines
Description: Take a tour and pan for gold.
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Houma, Louisiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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 Dells, Wisconsin
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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

Robstown, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We got to learn a lot of what gold miners went through and how hard life was to be a gold miner. The tour guide was great. Got to take pictures inside the mine.

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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 was our pleasure to work with you! Sandi More

Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Fun little excursion in the the mountain. Nice folks. A good way to explore gold mining without getting too into it. Reasonably priced. Try the food at their restaurant across the parking lot; tasty.

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

Thankyou for the good review it is much appreciated. Sandi More

Billings, Montana, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

After reading reviews on Tripadvisor about this attraction, we were hesitant to visit but kids talked us into it. We are glad they did. Our guide (Ross I think was his name), was very friendly and knowledgeable. The tour was super fun and educational since our guide patiently answered all our questions (and we had a lot!). Kids especially enjoyed... More

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

Thank you for the excellent review. Sandi More

Brookings, South Dakota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The actually gold mine was interesting but the panning for gold at the end of the tour is a joke and trap. If they would allow panning in an actual stream that may be better.

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

First of all we really appreciate your business. We do the commercial panning for families or seniors who donot have the time and want to learn. On our price board we have claim panning which involves 4 hour segments which Rattlesnake Randy takes to to. You dig the material from the creek, classify it and sluice and pan the rest... More

Bismarck, North Dakota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went here to pan for gold. I have never done this so we thought we would give it a try. The guy who taught us was really nice and made it fun. I got 4 specs of gold. It was definitely an experience worth trying.

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

Thankyou so much for the excellent review. Enjoy. Sandi More

Hutchinson, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband wanted to go on this tour, it was well worth the near $20 we spent as a couple. Chuck was professional and thorough, perhaps he could have waited a little longer for us to ask questions. I learned a lot about mining for gold and how it was processed after it was mined. It is 52 degree in... More

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

Thank you for the positive comment. Each one of the flakes you got equal $1.25.the panning is designed to teach the panning. Did you find the gold or do I need to send some to you? Sandi More

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