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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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Our guide, Jesse, was great. Provided information in a lively manner and engaged the children throughout. Even helped us with our panning techniques after he clocked out.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Elizabeth C

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guide was Chuck. He was very informative about the story of the mine. I will tell all my friends they should stop & see Big Thunder.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great time panning for gold! The tour was great. Chuck was very informative and good at interacting with the little kids. My daughter loved it. The eatery on the other hand was not great.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had an awesom time. My son and daughter loved it because they found real gold. Our guide had all of the tools and told us exactly what to do. It was a lot of work but was well worth it.

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

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! Your family satisfaction is so important. Do come back. Sandi More 

Charlotte, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really puts into perspective what mining back in the day way really like. Take the mine tour and do some panning worth every minute and dollar!

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Thank Kbailey67
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the 5 star review. Your satisfaction is worth a million dollars! Sandi More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our guide, Jesse, was great. Provided information in a lively manner and engaged the children throughout. Even helped us with our panning techniques after he clocked out.

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

Thank you for the great review! Jesse said thank you he is a fantastic employee! Sandi More 

Dayton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For adults it's really nothing. But our daughter REALLY liked panning for gems. You can pan for gold or gems. Gold you get a little bit but gems a lot. Just rough stones but fun. She still brings this up as a highlight of our 15 day/14 hotel trip. It was like $8-$10 which I didn't really want to pay... More 

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

Thank you so much for the great review. I know if you went on the tour the adults would have said everything. Satisfaction of everyone in the family is important! Come back again. We are very happy we made her vacation. Sandi More 

Wilmington, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A great tour and great time panning for gold. We started off with a journey into the mountain mine shaft. Heard all the great stories of the previous owners. Enjoyed learning the mining process and old artificers. Panning was icing on the cake

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

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! We are so happy your family had a monumental time at Big Thunder. Your satisfaction is ultimately our reward. Do come back again. Sandi More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family, dad, mom, 13yo and 9 yo enjoyed Big Thunder Gold Mine very much. Our guide was fantastic and the tour was informative but a lot of fun at the same time. I recommend doing the tour and the gold mining. Both of our kids enjoyed the panning for gold as much as the tour plus it was a... 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, we are so glad that you family had a monumental experience at Big Thunder Gold Mine. Do come back again. Sandi More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this tour. It was very informative and interesting. Our tour guide was very good. The tour was just the right length of time to keep our teenagers interested. We booked the panning for gold afterwards which was kind of cool for the kids.

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

Thank you so much for the 5 star review. Our ultimate goal is to make a monumental experience at Big Thunder Gold Mine. Come back again. Sandi More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family, while on vacation found your facility on line. What a great find! We decided to go on the 4 hour excursions to the off site dig in the Black Hills National Forest. What a great experience. Our guide Trenton was a very fun, friendly, and knowledgeable guide. He made the trip enjoyable for all. In our group was... 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! The claim tour is amazing and a bucket list item for any age. Trent says thank you! He is also amazing! More 

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