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“Great way to learn about gold mining!”

Broken Boot Gold Mine
Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Deadwood
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Pan for gold in this historic gold mining area.
North Canton, OH
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great way to learn about gold mining!”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Difficult parking but well worth the effort and the slight expense. Staff was helpful and knowledgeable about mining and the Broken Boot Gold Mine history. Our only statement, if you are concerned about tight dark spaces, this isn't the place for you.

Visited June 2012
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Central IL
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82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Excellent place for kids to pan for gold”
Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

This location is very reasonable and starts with a nice tour of the mine. At the end the kids were able to pan for gold. Both of them found some flakes and were super excited. I'm sure we would come back again if ever in the area.

4 Thank coldfeet52
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Dubuque, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
430 reviews
237 attraction reviews
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“Boys loved panning for gold and found the mine interesting.”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

This was a fun little stop during our stay in Deadwood. Deadwood is mainly a gambling town, and I see lots of people commenting on how there is nothing to do with kids. We were a little worried about spending one night of our cross country trip here because we didn't want our boys (7&12) to get bored. We all loved Deadwood though, and this was one of the highlights for the boys in this town, as well as the Wild Bill show at Saloon 10 and the trial afterwards (check out separate reviews).

So, for Broken Boot: It is located a little bit outside of the actual town and we had to get directions, but once we were on the right route, we found it easy enough. It is just off the main road and pretty hard to miss. The price was not bad at all when compared to all the other touristy things we did on our trip. There was a short line where we paid a reasonable entrance and got our hard hats.

The tour guide was great with explaining things and keeping everyone interested in the tour. She seemed to be well informed and we learned a lot about the days of mining. It is a fairly small mine, at least what we could see, so it did not take a long time to go through, but we thought the shorter time was great and gave us some extra time to get the panning in also. It was a little chilly in the mine, but it was not bad at all. You are even able to collect small rocks, etc., that may be lying on the ground to take home for souvenirs, as long as you don't touch anything on the walls or ceilings.

They also offer panning after the tour for a little extra that you can add to your entrance price. I think it was about $7 extra for that, but you get to keep the gold that you pan (guaranteed) and take that home as a souvenir. They told us each boy had about $3 in a gold keepsake bottle, so not a bad deal at all. Also, we paid for our boys to do the panning and dad was able to help them out at no extra charge, so he got to pan too. You don't have to pay extra for everyone in the group if you don't want. Just remember, it is one pan filled with rocks, dirt, and gold per purchase. If you want two bottles of keepsake gold, you need to pay for two pans.

The bathrooms are right along the side of the road also, and we found them to be very clean and well maintained, which was a pleasant surprise.

All in all, we would highly recommend this to anyone remotely interested in mining and/or kiddos who would like to pan their own gold with guaranteed results to bring home.

Visited July 2012
8 Thank Shawni_and_Buck
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Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
47 attraction reviews
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“Gold panning”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

The walk was easy and very interesting. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic and helped our daughter with the gold panning. Needless to say, our 10 year old was thrilled with her little bottle of gold flakes! The bathrooms looked fairly new and were clean.

Visited August 2012
2 Thank B R
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Level 6 Contributor
145 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Thar's gold in them thar hills!”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

We visit many states, and our goal is to get a taste of the history of the area. We found the Broken Boot Gold Mine tour to be interesting and informative. The guides take you a few hundred feet into the mine and explain how gold used to be mined, and about the minerals in the rocks that we were seeing. The guide had a pleasant demeanor, and was very informative. Once well into the mine, they took a moment to turn out the lights. It is a rare experience to be in such profound darkness.

The tour is an easy walk. No steep climbs or great distances to cover. There are steps that you must climb before you enter the mine, but anyone that can navigate those few steps should have no problem with the rest of the tour.

At the tour end, you can pan for gold. There is an extra fee for this when you pay for the tour. You'll pan a packet of dirt that has been seeded with a few tiny bits of placer gold - that way everyone finds gold. Pay the extra, and do it... and then you'll be able to say that you've panned for gold.

The tour is well worth the time and price. I will not soon forget my trip into the Broken Boot Mine.

Warning! Don't touch the walls of the mine, because there is a lot of graphite in the hill... you'll come out black if you're not careful!

Visited September 2011
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