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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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Cool History. Friendly People

My wife and I came there and got there around 9am and just got there in time for the tour, but I didn't like how they brought on three other people after the introduction was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
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Odessa, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This place was awesome, our guide Trenton was very people friendly and very informative. He spent just the right amount of time at each stop and was prepared for all questions. Gift shop personnel were extremely friendly and courteous. Recommend this place to anyone and of all ages.

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

Thank you for the outstanding 5 star review. We are so glad you had a monumental memory at Big Thunder. Sandi More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

My husband was in 7th heaven bring able to pan for gold and also being able to go into the mine! A family funactivity.

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

Thank you for a monumental review. 7th heaven is outstanding. Sandi More 

Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Jessie was an awesome and knowledgable guide. Rattlesnake was also very helpful when I was struggling to pan for gold. I recommend this place for everyone.

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

Thank you so very much for the 5 star review. Both employees appreciate the monumental review. Do come back. Your attendance and satisfaction is very important. Sandi More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

9 and 12 yr old. Kids love rocks. They panned for quite awhile onsite. Everybody enjoyed themselves.

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

Thank you so much for the monumental 5 star review. I am so glad your family had a great time at Big Thunder. Sandi More 

Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Nearly 60 years ago our family vacationed in the Black Hills. I remember a tourist gold mine and thought it was really interesting. Because of that experience as a small boy, I wanted to go through another gold mine this many years later. Nick was our guide through Big Thunder gold mine in Keystone, SD. Nick provided us with a... More 

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

Thank you so much for the monumental review. Nick is outstanding and really appreciates the review. Do come back again. Thank you again. Sandi More 

Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

My wife and I came there and got there around 9am and just got there in time for the tour, but I didn't like how they brought on three other people after the introduction was already done. I would have been really upset if that had been us. I believe we had, Chris...I can't remember. I know it started with... More 

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

Thank you for the good review. We add people to the tour this time of the year as long as they come before the tour goes into the mine which is only a few minutes. We have less guides due to less people. That is the 1st time someone has had a concern about this. The other party was informed... More 

Northville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Was looking at different places to pan for gold, what we liked about big thunder was they take you to a site and you actually dig. You do all the work. We met at parking lot of big thunder and then followed in our car a short drive to Parkin lot. Walked in a short hike to battle creek river.... More 

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

Thank you for the 5 star review. I am so glad it was a monumental experience at our claim. Do come back again. Sandi More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

My husband and I decided to do the claim panning just to see what it was like. I went with an open mind. (Initially I was thinking it was going to be real "touristy" like and cheesy.) It was nothing like I even imagined. It was the real deal. Rattlesnake Randy was the best instructor and guide. He made it... More 

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

Thank you so much for the 5 star review. The claim tour is outstanding, a memory you will keep forever. Thank you do come back again. Thank you for the monumental review. Sandi More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Good value for money and very interesting. Keystone is a great little town for all of the family to enjoy

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

Thank you so very much for the 5 star review. We love our small community of Keystone. It is so monumental! E are so glad you enjoyed the tour. Come back soon. Monumental memories are important to our business. Sandi More 

Englewood, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I toured this goldmine. What a blast! Staff there were entertaining and informative. They included everyone in our small group with questions and answers. Thought it would be boring. It was not

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

Thank you so much for the good review.. I am so glad you had a great time! We try to make it a blast! Do come back again. Sandi More 

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