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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair St, Keystone, South Dakota 57751 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Sat 8a
  • Independent
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible

“Black Hills most original mining experience!”

Big Thunder Gold Mine has recaptured the excitement and romance of this bygone era. Find yourself traveling back in time as you tour the authentic 1890's gold mine and learn about the mining experience from knowledgable guides. The mining museum is a replica of the Tykoon Gold Mill (Custom Mill) built in 1895 on the Big Thunder property. The museum is Free and contains the largest collection of mining equipment in the Black Hills.  You will see a stamp mill, a bell crusher and jaw crusher, winches, blacksmith equipment and a display of an original assay office. The mill houses original ore bins, elevator equipment and tools that were used in the mines in the Keystone area.  Professional guides describe the process that miners used to extract the gold from the gold ore. The mill contains thousands of artifacts that have been found as three working mines in the Black Hills were reclaimed and torn down. 

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Reviewed by
NuttyHiker

  • 23 Reviews
  • 23 Helpful
January 29, 2018
Rated 5.0

We only did on-site panning. Did not tour the cave or eat at the restaurant.

Price for panning was very reasonable and it kept our teenagers entertained for over an hour! LOL.

Love the fact that show you how to pan for gold before having you do it, and they let you pan for as long as you want. We were never rushed. A great experience overall and the teenagers loved it and still talk about it!

Our Visit: https://nuttyhiker.com/panning-for-gold-big-thunder-gold-mine/

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Reviewed by
andiehill

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

Had a fun time panning but lunch was awesome!! Big Thunder Company Store had a great grilled bacon cheeseburger lunch and the Buffalo burger was fantastic!

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Reviewed by
dwagner818

  • 18 Reviews
  • 17 Helpful
July 30, 2014
Rated 3.0

Interesting enough stop, but pricey for what it was...a non-successful gold mine. Tour guide was annoying.

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Reviewed by
holmank2

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 01, 2017
Rated 5.0

The tour was really fun!

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Reviewed by
ShengC

  • 26 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
April 28, 2017
Rated 4.0

My kids had fun here. The tour was ok, very informative. We went inside the cave. Very cool.

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Reviewed by
kfaughn

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 11, 2016
Rated 4.0

Kids and I had a great time. Our guide Jennifer was informative and held everyone's attention. Great stop.

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Reviewed by
KristiChvatal

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

Very informative, loved our guide, your feet might get wet 😀

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Reviewed by
Gg

  • 11 Reviews
  • 15 Helpful
July 19, 2015
Rated 4.0

This was a fun little afternoon filler. A bit on the pricey side for what it is, however it was fun to go inside the gold mine. The story was interesting. The tour guide had a bit of sass and was pretty sarcastic, but everyone seemed to enjoy him just the same. Panning for gold was fun! The little old town of Keystone is full of history and it was fun driving around the little town afterwards. Main street in downtown Keystone was lots of fun! Touristy, but a great little town.

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Reviewed by
Garrett Hong

  • 27 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 16, 2015
Rated 4.0

Just panned for gold it was fun check bottom of tubs for more gold found more there.

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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May 06, 2015
Rated 4.0

Take the tour and pan for gold! Pretty touristy, but still fun. The tour guides really make it enjoyable. Parts are more authentic than others. I promise, it's not boring!

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Big Thunder Gold Mine

604 Blair St
Keystone, South Dakota
57751 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking

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