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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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Ok experience, a little overpriced for what time and information you got on the tour.

Very interesting if you've never been to a gold mine. I thought it to be a little pricey for what you received on the tour and information provided by the guide. There was an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Moline, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Our guide Stephanie, was excellent. Had a good knowledge of mining operations and how to pan for gold. Rattle snake Randy is also knowledgeable in panning. Would do again

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

Thank you for the 5 star review. We enjoy making a monumental experience for our quests. Come back again someday! Sandi owner. More 

Moline, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Very interesting if you've never been to a gold mine. I thought it to be a little pricey for what you received on the tour and information provided by the guide. There was an additional cost gold panning option which the grandkids really enjoyed and they were able to capture several small pieces of gold, which excited them.

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

I am so sorry that we did not fully meet your expectations. If you can give me more detail I would love to hear it so we can learn from this experience. We do thank you for coming. I am glad the panning was good for the children. Sandi mclainsandra@aol.com More 

Pueblo, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Our tour guide Chuck was great! He kept us informed and entertained and the tour was just right having small children with us. My sons and husband enjoyed the panning afterwards as well.

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

Thank you for coming to Big Thunder and giving us a good review. Your comments are very important to us and we learn from them to make a better operation. Sandi McLain Big Thunder Gold Mine. More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We went panning for gold at Big Thunders claim site. The setting was so peaceful and quiet the only sound we heard was the babbling creek and the birds. Our guide "Rattlesnake Randy" was an entertaining and informative guide. Even though we only found a few "flakes" of gold the experience of digging as the old miners did and using... More 

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

Iam so glad you had a monumental experience, it is beautiful on the claim. Those miners were working hard huh! Sandi Big Thunder Gold Mine More 

Iowa
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Prices reasonable, tour was great and very informational. Tour guide remember all children's name and used them during the guide. Which was great.

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

Thank you so much for the 5 star review. Thank you for coming to Big Thunder to make a monumental memory for your family. We learn history the fun way! Sandi McLain More 

Ridgefield, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We did a tour of this gold mine. It was a fun and educational tour. When the tour is over you can pan for gold or gems if you like. Is very much worth doing while in this area.

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

Thank you for the awesome 5 star review. We strive to have our visitors make a monumental memory for your family! Sandi McLain owner More 

Saint Joseph, Missouri
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I certainly enjoyed the actual panning at the claim on the Custer Park property. "Rattlesnake-Randy" did a marvelous job entertaining us all. He is a very personable character in his own right. He shared a lot of history of the area and in his own life's experiences with the love of searching for gold. He expressed true concern for me... More 

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

Thank you for the 5 star review on the claim tour with Rattlesnake Randy! It is a memory that will stay with you for a long time. Do come back and visit us again. You guys are awesome. Sandi McLain owner More 

Great Bend, Kansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We have toured other mines, but our Granddaughter had not. We were very disappointed in the tour. The tour barely went into the mine and right back out. Not worth the money spent on it.

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

Thank you for your review. We want to learn from our mistakes. Could you be more specific as to what was not up to your expectations. The mine does go in 680 feet and the tour lasts about an hour. If I know more detail I can offer a refund so that we are able to improve. Contact me at... More 

Appleton, Wisconsin
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Went on a busy weekend day and would agree that it was a bit of a tourist trap. Staff were friendly but seemed focused on continuing to rent equipment and spend less time on explaining how to use the equipment unless you were part of a big group. Kids enjoyed the time they mined but felt was price was high.

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

We are sorry about the panning. Do you remember your guide's name? The guide should have stayed with you longer. I do hope you found gold. If you did not please e-mail me and let me know as I will send you some gold complimentary. We appreciate comments and consistently learn from our mistakes and try to improve our performance.... More 

Southern Illinois/St. Louis area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We did the tour and kids panned for gold. Not the highest quality operation: tour guide was total goof ball but it was very interesting and the kids had a blast!

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

Thank you so much for the good review. Cheesy sometimes provides good entertainment. We will work harder to improve, I am glad that your children had fun, that is our main goal. Come back some day! Sandi McLain Big Thunder Gold Mine mclainsandra@aol.com 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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