Big Thunder Gold Mine, Keystone

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Grab your pick and a pan and head to Big Thunder Gold Mine for some old-fashioned fun underground. Take a tour of the gold mine, which operated from 1882 to 1914, and learn about the history of the mine from informed guides. Discover from guides how the miners extracted gold from the mined ore, and, as you walk through dark and narrow shafts, learn how the miners created the shafts with only candlelight to guide them. At the museum you'll discover a large collection of mining equipment, including a stamp mill and blacksmithing equipment. Finally, take a turn at panning for gold or gems in the stream on the property. All areas of the tour and site are wheelchair accessible. Plan to see Big Thunder Gold Mine and other attractions that appeal to you using our Keystone journey maker .
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • A fun place to take your kids. The tour guides are always very nice and want you to ask questions. When you are done with the tour, you can pan for gold or stop over at the bar and grill for some food or ice cream. As this place is not that big,don't plan your day around it, the tour lasts about an hour. The path through the mine is also stroller friendly if you have young children.
  • We came here because my son is a huge mining/mine fan. Our guide, Alana, was simply amazing. She was not only knowledgeable about the mine, how everything worked, history of it, and all the minerals- she was enthusiastic and excited about what she does. Even after the tour she was talking to us and letting us know about the different minerals- and then she came back (at closing time) and stayed around to help the kids figure out the panning and do better at it. Everyone here was so nice and friendly. I highly recommend this place, and Alana in particular. Fantastic experience! (Alana mid- tour, picture)
  • 9/18/17. Very nice tour of an old gold mine. Tour was reasonably priced and lasted about 45 minutes. Our guide Alana was both entertaining and knowledgeable of it's history. We were the last tour of the day and she stayed with us talking of the surrounding area and of where we were from until we left. Lots to do around the grounds including panning for gold and an old mill with tools and machines from the time period.
  • The half day claim panning excursion was incredible. Expect to get wet and dirty, as you dig for your own flakes and nuggets and the guide teaches you how to run it through the hand sluice and pans. Lots of walking back and forth over rough terrain. But we came home with about 30 golf flakes in a vial, and learned a ton of information about panning, gold, and geology in general from our guide, Ross. Worthwhile if you want an authentic Black Hills prospecting experience!
  • I used to be a tour guide here 25 years ago. Lots of changes since then. Interesting little piece of history. Take the tour.

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