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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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fun place to visit - a must see

Had a blast!! Great place to visit and not far from Keystone Downtown. We could walk from our motel. It was in a quiet area and not very busy at all. I think people just missed... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
DebDJune2014
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Omaha, Nebraska

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Had a blast!! Great place to visit and not far from Keystone Downtown. We could walk from our motel. It was in a quiet area and not very busy at all. I think people just missed it. A must see when in Keystone.

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

Thank you so much for the good review. Please come back again when you are in the area! Monumental memories are important to a family. Sandi More 

4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

This mine tour is very family friendly and not physically strenuous. The staff are very helpful polite and Chris is an absolute hoot!!

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

Thank you for the great review. We are here to make monumental memories for your family. Sandi More 

5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We (wife, kids[boy - 9, girl - 9, boy - 5]) took the tour of the mine and the kids panned for gold (9s) and gems (5). The kids had a good time and the history of Thunder mine was interesting. Chris was our tour guide and did an excellent job of relaying the history of the mine and the... More 

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

Thank you for the awesome review. We are so glad your family had a great time and that it was educational. I was a teacher for 35 years and now retired. This is one thing that is very important to me. Sandi More 

Richmond, Virginia
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A little touristy, but the whole town is a little touristy. The guide was very good and the story about the life of the mine was fun to listen to. My youngest and I were TERRIBLE at panning for gold, but the pro was very open to helping and showing us how to do it properly over and over again.

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

Thank you for the good review. We are glad that we could provide a quality learning experience for your family. Come back again someday! Sandi More 

Regina, Canada
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

But it wasn't awsome either! Our tour guide really tried to keep it interesting. I thought it was over priced for the entertainment.

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

Thank you for your review. We try to have the staff learn from their tour and comments. May I ask why you rated in average? Who was your guide and what could we have done to make it better for your family. Your input is really appreciated. Sandi More 

Greenwood, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We took the tour and had a great time. We are family of 4, with 9 y/o boy and 6 y/o girl. Our tour guide was Chris - he did a GREAT job keeping the kids engaged, and really added to the fun we had during the tour. We panned for gold afterwards, and the kids were thrilled to find... More 

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

Thank you for the outstanding 5 star revenue. We are glad that we made a monumental memory for your family. Please come back again. Sandi More 

Yorkville, Illinois
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I would not go back. The tour guides have a competition this summer asking people to write good reviews and putting their names in the review. This was just OK for my family of 5.

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

Thank you writing the review. May I ask a few questions? Who was your guide? Please describe. I try to make this a learning experience for the staff. The guides on facility evals and average has not come up. What would have made this a better experience for you! I would really appreciate your input. Sandi More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My family and I walked the keystone free walking tour and passed by the mine. We decided to see what it was about. We were pleasantly surprised at their awesome prices so we decided to do the tour. Our tour guide Matt was awesome. He remembered our names during the whole tour and was extremely informative. The tour was very... More 

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

Thank you guys si much for stopping and giving us a 5 star review!. Do come back someday! We proud of providing a monumental memory for your family! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Very knowledgeable, and entertaining. At the end you are taught how to pan for gold, and you will find some.

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

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! It is our pleasure to provide a monumental memory for your family! Sandi More 

Charlestown, Indiana
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We weren't sure if this would be fun or turn out kinda ho-hum. Fun won out! We really ended up enjoying this. The tour is through an actual abandoned mine and is pretty cool. The old mine cart photo op inside the mine is a nice touch. Our whole family really ended up enjoying the panning for gold. It was... More 

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

Thank you so much for the good review. Our goal is to provide you with a historical experieince that you enjoy! Sandi More 

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Address: 604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
Phone Number: +1 605-666-4847
Location: United States  >  South Dakota (SD)  >  Keystone

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