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Big Thunder Gold Mine

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Address: 604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
Phone Number: +1 605-666-4847
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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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Nice tour...

Hi. Not a bad tour..worth it, I thought. Maybe learned too much. Kids loved it.... Full of history. Good value

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 13, 2015
Patrick D
Duluth, Minnesota

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Duluth, Minnesota
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hi.. Took the family through the mine. Learned way more than I want to..laughing...Tour was pretty long. very tough place to work. I would say a pretty decent value.

Thank Julie L
Duluth, Minnesota
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Hi. Not a bad tour..worth it, I thought. Maybe learned too much. Kids loved it.... Full of history. Good value

Thank Patrick D
Tomah, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Had a blast going through this mine. Kids loved it. Made you blessed NOT to be a miner. Wonder how much gold is left...

1 Thank james H
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015 via mobile

This place needs an update. We stopped by and "panned " for gold which was kind of a joke. The gold mine your was interesting but lasted all of about 30 min. The two young people running the place were kind and nice just not motivated. This was just ok.

1 Thank Queenbee4067
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

An informative tour (although a bit "touristy") and the kids had fun trying their luck at finding gold. Going in the off season (October) we were the only ones there and were able to have a personalized tour.

Thank 96bjc
Gurnee, Illinois, United States
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194 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

They guarantee gold in every sifting. And I'm sure there was some, but damned be if our 6 yr old had the hardest time ever with this. I'm a grown adult who has motor skills and good vision... this was hard for me! We didn't do the tour, just the panning, but boy oh boy I wouldn't do it again...... More 

Thank Nick S
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015 via mobile

This was a favorite of both my husband and my kiddos! The guide had a great sense of humor and the staff were all very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend for anyone in the area.

Thank Kristi C
Methuen, Massachusetts
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128 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

So here's a attraction in Keystone that has been here quite a long time. We as a family have been to many other gold mines that "produced" gold. This one never produced enough to operate and instead became a tourist attraction. It's a job for some of the guides who really couldn't even answer some of our simple questions. The... More 

Thank Eagle-Eye24
Port Hope, Canada
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127 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed the tour of the mine. It's not a long tour, but it's interesting and our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. After the tour of the mine we went to an outbuilding with exhibits related to the workings of the mine. Our guide then gave a demonstration of panning for gold. After the tour we panned for gold... More 

2 Thank OTRC
O'Fallon, Missouri
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Good place to visit and take a tour. You gotta pan for gold and visit the shop. Good way to spend an hour or two

Thank TGB225

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