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“Big Thunder Gold Mine”

Big Thunder Gold Mine
Ranked #4 of 25 things to do in Keystone
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 27, 2014

Great stop on the way to Mount Rushmore. Our guide was very informative and great with the kids. Definitely worth the stop!

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

I had relatively low expectations for what I assumed would be a very touristy attraction. I walked away really having enjoyed the experience. Our guide David did a really nice job telling the story of two German immigrants who worked a small claim for over 35 years. Really interesting story that gave a sense of what a miners life was like in the late 1800's. The panning for gold wasn't necessary for us, but I think the kids liked it. All in all, I am happy we made the trip to Keystone.

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Reviewed October 19, 2013

My wife and I toured the Big Thunder Gold Mine recently and enjoyed the experience. First, we went into a small gift shop and purchased tickets. We then waited a while (15-20 minutes) for the next tour, which turned out to be the guide and the two of us. To be fair, there had been a huge, unexpected snowfall and it was the end of the season (many shops and attractions were closed). Anyway, our tour guide was informative and quite entertaining as we walked into the depths of the mine, which has been closed for many years. When we left the mine, we went into a nearby building that contained equipment for actually processing the extracted material. Finally, we panned for gold but weren't very good at it. Well worth a visit if you're in the area. If you're the least bit claustrophobic, you should pass up this attraction.

2  Thank psychprofessor
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We missed the last tour of the day by just a bit but we stuck around and panned for gold. It was dark (stormy) out and the lights on the porch were not very bright so this made for a very difficult task of finding anything in our pans. It cleared up about ten minutes into our panning experience and that made it much easier to find gold flecks and other pretty stones. I would recommend this as a stop, even without the tour, for anyone visiting the area!

Thank Natasha W
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Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

It was a great stop with kids. Just enough info and length with kids. Great opportunities to take pictures and learn some history. A little spendy to pan for gold but the kids loved it!

Thank Nikkeek
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