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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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Kids love it

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
tfi22
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Watertown, South Dakota
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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154 reviews 154 reviews
60 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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Temecula, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We took our 5 and 10 yr. old on this tour and they never got bored. We had to wait a bit for our group tour to start since we got there too early and they obviously want you to "shop" for souvenirs etc. with the lag time. Check out the brochures and travel magazines around town because there are... More 

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Gold was never found in this mine. This attraction is strictly for tourists only. We did get a cute picture of ourselves in a Gold mine car.

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

Thank you for the review and I am glad that your picture turned out well. I see that you rated it average. I was also your tour guide. The mine did find 10 ounces of gold, not much but only 10% of the miners struck it rich! 90% left just as poor as they may came. The people who sold... More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I called to see if they were open New Years Eve day and the owner met us there to open up for a special private tour for our family! Super nice and friendly! Very interesting and my daughter got to pan for gold!!! What more could you ask for?

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

Feel Special review was excellent. It was so good to have you come and thank you very much for the review. Come see us in the summer in the future. It was my pleasure to make your trip special! More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We went over the off season, and were highly impressed by this attraction. Staff was welcoming, knowledgeable and related well to children. Thanks to Rattlesnake Randy for taking time to instruct our teenagers in panning and educating all of us about the area.

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

Thank you Sara for your review! Our goal is for you to have the time of your life. Sandi More 

Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Wasn't expecting much from what we had assumed was a tourist trap, but we were pleasantly surprised. Staff was knowledgable and friendly, and the mine itself was very cool. Don't miss it.

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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 is always our please to serve you and your family! Sandi More 

Deadwood, South Dakota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

With 4 teenagers in tow this place was a hit. The tour was great! The tour guide is a teacher and he was energetic and had the girls attention with banter and good humor. He was knowledgeable and when it came to panning for gold everyone was excited to try it. Spent 2 hours panning and each person is given... More 

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

Thank yuou for the great review! Gold panning is fun, we are hooked! Thank you for coming! Sandi More 

London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
27 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We did not come in search of gold, but at the end of the tour there is an opportunity to use an old sieve to try and make your fortune! OK, good fun for kids, but as adults, we also enjoyed the tour. What was nice, but that we had an elderly aunt with us and they kindly gave us... More 

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

Thank you for your input and the good review. Have a great trip! Sandi More 

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