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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
+1 605-666-4847
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Interesting and informative

There is a tour of the 680 foot shaft of an abandoned gold mine and of a shed with old processing... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wander18539
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Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA
Informative and fun

The tour was quite interesting and really gave us an idea of the struggles but optimism experienced... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kimmcarrillo
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Dallas, Texas
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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.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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604 Blair Street, Keystone, SD
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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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Reviewed 3 days ago

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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Reviewed 5 days ago

Trent was our tour guide and he was fantastic! He shared a lot of history with us about the gold rush and was a great teacher. We were happy to have actually found a little bit of gold but boy was it hard work! Would...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

While the mine tour was interesting, if possible sign up (in advance) for the half day mine claim experience where you go out and actually dig and pan for gold. This was something I had never done, and our guide, Trent, taught us all we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I know it is difficult to please everyone, but with mine tours there are two types of people, children and adults who have a genuine interest in mining. This tour is more suitable for children, if you are an adult and have a genuine interest...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am sorry that you feel this way. The Broken Boot Gold Mine closes at Labor day. This evaluation was a long time after they closed. How could you have went there? The evaluation sounds suspicious. Our mine is for the adults who serious about...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went to Big Thunder to do the half day panning, in the morning, when it would be cool out. We had a great time. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We got to actually dig on the claim, then sluice for the...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the good review. Your thoughts mean a lot to us! Yes it is a lot of work but very rewarding a true experience in what it was like to pan throughout history as a miner. Sandi

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide Trenton was spectacular, I give him a 5 star rating. He was very friendly, knowledgeable, gave some history along the short walk to the location, helpful with the whole process, and very supportive with positive feedback of encouragement. However, Sandy the lady that...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So sorry that you felt that way about your experience in the gift shop. Do look at other reviews you will not find my name in a negative tone at all. I do believe when the two of you came in you were having a...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was learning experience to find out you just do not go down to a stream and pan for gold. I do wish it was stated that we would be digging out of the earth first and hauling full buckets of dirt and rock down...More

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

On the web site it does explain in detail what you do on the claim tour, did you read the material before booking. Many of the reviews from Trip Advisor go into detail about the physical labor it takes on the claim tour. I am...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the day with Trenton. Awesome time and he was very knowledgeable and helpful. We even brought home some gold!!

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the wonderful monumental review of 5 stars. Sandi

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My two granddaughters really wanted to "mine for gold". We went on the tour, which was interesting. The girls liked wearing the yellow mining hat! Yes, they found some "gems". It was worth the priceless smiles!

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mclaisan, Owner at Big Thunder Gold Mine, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the great review. Yellow helmets so fashionable. Do return and visit us again. Sandi

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kimmcarrillo
20 August 2017|
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Response from mclaisan | Property representative |
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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Bruce L
12 July 2017|
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Response from Cheryl D | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Your was about an hour and the panning Was at your leisure.
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DL P
27 June 2017|
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Response from Cheryl D | Reviewed this property |
I think the hours are 8am to ?
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