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Big Thunder Gold Mine

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Address: 604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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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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Good stop if you have extra time

The tour in the mine was really interesting and informative. It was amazing to hear how determined these guys were to find gold. We also did the gold panning part there. I don't... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
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Harlingen, Texas
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came up from TX and loved the tour and history of the gold mine. My kiddos (15,11&9) including my hubby enjoyed learning how to pan for gold. The entire staff was welcoming and helpful. Will totally do it again if we ever make our way back to SD.

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Thank jencdl22
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Great tour and wonderful staff, ready to answer any questions and very friendly! Great with the kids and assisting them in finding gold to take home as souvenirs! Had a blast with the family!

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Thank ToddMason1020
mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the 5 star review! You comments mean everything to us. We are so happy you had a monumental vacation. Sandi More 

harbour island
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

this is a great place to visit. our tour guide was very knowledgeable and make the visit informative.

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

Your 5 star review was outstanding. Each day wem are open we strive for the best experience we can give our guests. Come back and see us again. Sandi More 

Boulder, Colorado
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We had never been in a cave. Our intelligent experienced guide told us so much. Also about people playing important parts in Keystones history. We learned all about the cave and mining process. Then, you can pan for gold in the front. Great fun!

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

Thank you so much for the outstanding 5 star review. We are proud that we added a monumental memory to your trip. Sandi More 

keokuk
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone. The guide the not only knowledgeable & informative, but had a wonderful sense of humor. We visited there with the grandkids, ages 5 & 11 and it really kept their interest. The tour is not too long and quite pleasant. We learned a lot in a short period... More 

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

Thank you for the monumental 5 star review. You experience makes us very happy and we are proud that we could provide a monumental experience. Come back again. Sandi More 

Three Hills, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Our guide,Jesse, took us on a tour of an actual gold mine and related the story of the two miners who had mined it. Fascinating and he did a great job answering our questions. I will never envy gold miners again! Also tried panning for gold. Didn't spend much time at it but found a bit of gold. The giftshop... More 

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

Thank you for the 5 star review on Jessie. He is a gem, we try to keep our prices moderate so we can have an affordable experience for all families. Do come back. Sandi More 

Stevens Point, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Oh boy what should I say it was really a surprise that at the time of event " Keystone Haunting" we were in Keystone and had super natural experience in Mines and Mountain this was something different I never expected this and we got chance due to the place we stayed was right next to Big Thunder Gold Mine it... More 

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

I am so happy we could provide a monumental paranormal experience at the mine. The Brookside Motel people are outstanding. Thank you for the visit and the 5 star review. Sandi More 

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41 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The tour in the mine was really interesting and informative. It was amazing to hear how determined these guys were to find gold. We also did the gold panning part there. I don't know if it was because it was close to close time, but he (sorry don't remember his name) showed us how to do the panning once and... More 

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

Thank you so much for your comments. So sorry for leaving you at the end of the day. We should have checked back to re demonstrate. Do come back. Sandi More 

Carlisle, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This was a great looking place with a fascinating history. My daughter and husband went gold panning while we toured the mine. Great visit, gave me a good understanding of what it must have been to be a miner in the early days after the gold rush. The most intriguing was the commitment to the dream. Great guide too :)

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

Thank you for a great review. We are so happy we could provide a monumental experience for your family. Sandi More 

Providence, Rhode Island
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We went there because we wanted to pan for gold. you pay 10 dollars for a pan of sand and they walk you over to a water tank. The employee i got was very unfriendly and dismissive. My hadn't panned before an I was excited to have him get some gold. After we finished our pans, I got a few... More 

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

I am so sorry you were disappointed with your experience. I wish you would have come to the counter to express your views. I would have tried to resolve the problem. There is no excuse for the service. We get our food products each week fresh. We generally do not get reviews like this it must have been a very... More 

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