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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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A great time

We had a wonderful time, our guide Trenton was super Knowledgeable about the area and the gold... read more

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Reviewed 28 March 2018
monicabrandt87
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Antioch, Illinois
Worth seeing

Stopped by with our three teenagers for a tour and to do some panning. The tour was very... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2018
Jjkj0925
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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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Reviewed 28 March 2018

We had a wonderful time, our guide Trenton was super Knowledgeable about the area and the gold mining, this is a great place for kids. Big thanks to Trenton for making our experience one of a kind!!

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped by with our three teenagers for a tour and to do some panning. The tour was very interesting and worth the price. Kids got a few flakes of gold panning afterwards. I believe they drop a couple of flakes into each bag of dirt...More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

This is good for big kids (adults) as well as little ones. Good information about mining activities and calamities during the gold rush.

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Reviewed 18 October 2017

We had a blast mining at Big Thunder. Everyone was very polite, knowledgeable, respectful of our wishes were to dig dirt, and friendly. The only complaint I have is that we were mining an old tailing pile. Your chances are that great of finding any...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Thank you so much for giving us a good review. Actually because you are going through the tailing pile it is better, the gold was already captured. When they mined and processed in the 1890's they separated the gold but the chemical they used only...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

On a cold & rainy day, we took the opportunity to visit this mine and we were very pleased that we did. Elizabeth ( I do not use Liz ) was our guide and she was very well informed and quite homourous. Elizabeth provided us...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Thank you for the monumental review. Elizabeth is a wonderful guide is has a great sense of humor....thank you for coming and do come back again...We love our visitors. Sandi

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

We recently visited Big Thunder Gold Mine and had a great time! Liz was our mine guide and she was knowledgeable, humorous, and fun. I highly recommend a tour with her, she may be the only one able to explain how rebar can occur naturally...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you so much for the five star review...we appreciate the monumental review. Sandi

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

The history and just entering an actual Gold mine was thrilling, but add the panning opportunity, the gift shop, and the family restaurant you have a thrilling event to attend. Take your significant other, and/or family and enjoy at your leisure. Spend a couple of...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for the monumental review...your input is phenomenal and thank you for the review and on the restaurant and giftshop. we pride ourselves in taking care of everyone. Sandi

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Sandi and the staff did a great job explaining what to wear and to expect on the adventure. Trenton gave some history of the area as we walked a short distance to the claim site. We dug into the hill for some "good stuff" and...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for the monumental review of five stars. The claim tour is phenomenal and lets you feel history that the miners did in 1890's...do come back again. Sandi

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

There is a tour of the 680 foot shaft of an abandoned gold mine and of a shed with old processing equipment. The tour is very informative--you learn a lot about gold mining. Our guide, Alana, made sure it was also interesting and fun. (In...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Alana is fantastic, and she loves people and rocks. Thank you for the input and yes claustrophobic people can have some problems, but the path is straight and 8 ft wide and 8 ft. tall. Hallways are fairly consistent. 860 feet. Sandi

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

The tour was quite interesting and really gave us an idea of the struggles but optimism experienced in search of gold. Alyssa or ferret foot, our guide was kind, ready to answer questions, and offered to take our photos. The length of the tour was...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you for the good review. Alissa is wonderful as many of guides are. She makes it very interesting. A true example of the real west in the 1890's. Come back again. Sandi

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No you do not need a reservation just come, tours every 25 minutes this time of the year. Panning right away. Sandi
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