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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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The people were very knowledgeable about mining. It would be a great activity for children to get an understanding of the work it took for the men in the mining field.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Tinley Park, Illinois
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Cheyenne
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very informative... My son loved it. I was disappointed with ada access as I could not easily get to the site and back out.

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

Thank you for coming. The 5 star review was great. I was confused about ADA access. We have two spots right by ramp which this time of year are not full. The entire facility was wheelchair accessible. Please let us know in detail what you were referring to. Thank you. More 

Utica, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent time...Trenton was a great guide and was very informative. He showed us where to dig and what to look for.

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

Thank you so much for the 5 star review. Come back again. Sandi More 

St. Paul
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time with our 6 and 7 year old kids. We panned for gold and then went on the mine tour. Our guide, Trenton, was really good and made sure to interact with the kids while giving our tour. He didn't have to do that and I thought it was very sweet of him. It was a... More 

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

Thank you Trenton is a real sweety. He says thank you. We are glad you had a monumental time at Big Thunder. Sandi More 

Minot, North Dakota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome , educational and fun. Kids loved it, just like Minecraft....... What ever that is? Would recommend to everyone as a must do when in Keystone. Staff are friendly, funny and informed. Tour is very interesting and a unique experience.

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

Thank you for the five star review. We are so happy to have you guys experiencing a monumental experience at Big Thunder and the claim tour. Sandu More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took a 4-mile ride and then a 1/2 mile walk along a trail until we came to the mining site. Our guide, Rattlesnake Randy, was very informative and instructive. We dug, washed and used a sluice box to remove the non-valuable items. We found about 17 gold specks that were saved in a small vial along with numerous garnets. Very... More 

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

Thank you so much for the five star review on the claim tour. It is monumental memory for your vacation. Sandi More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a wonderful day panning for GOLD with Rattlesnake Randy!!!! Very informative and funny guy! Kept you on your toes!!!! Very helpful....Didn't realize how hard it is to pan for Gold! Found some Gold but it took 4 hours for a little nugget and some flakes. Make sure you take a backpack with snacks,water, sunscreen, I suggest a video to... More 

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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 hard work. Great experiences are everywhere, but choosing ours we are most appreciative. Thank you and do come back again. Sandi More 

Tinley Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The people were very knowledgeable about mining. It would be a great activity for children to get an understanding of the work it took for the men in the mining field.

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

Thank you for the good review. We are so glad the children were impacted positively. Sandi More 

South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I think the most fascinating part was learning how difficult it was to pan for gold! The bits are so small but how triumphant you feel when you find some. You have to be especially patient though! Then we went on a tour which seemed short but maybe that was because there were only two of us on this particular... More 

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

Thank you so much for the good review. We appreciate your business and we are glad that you had a great time. Learning about the wild west in a hands on approach is phenomenal. We are glad you had a good time. Sorry you were sick. We take great care with food prep and always cook from the frozen state,... More 

Eau Claire, Wisconsin
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience for me and my 3 oldest children (10,11,13). I would recommend this to anyone that's never been claim panning before. Fun!!

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

Thank you so much for the awesome review. The 1/2 day or whole day creek/claim panning is a very unique experience for anyone. We are so glad you could experience this awesome hands on experience. Come back again. Sandi More 

Longview, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun experience. Hard work but found gold!!! Excellent lunch. Chris was a great guide. No bathrooms so be prepared. Prepare to walk and haul equipment both going and coming. Outdoors was beautuful. Feeding the fish was awesome. Definently do it again.

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

Thank you for the awesome 5 star review. The creek claim tour is a wonderful experience. Shows you how much work the actual original miners did everyday. Come back again. Sandi More 

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