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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  • This was a great stop, while we were in the Black Hills! The kids loved panning for gold, and Trenton was an excellent tour guide. We were the only ones on the tour, and he made it fun and exciting...  more »
  • We splurged on the "Claim Panning". It was so much fun! I'd credit the guide, Trenton. He was fantastic and so good with our kiddos. Kids - 10, 9, 5 - loved this adventure and learned so much. Trent.....  more »
  • Great little tour. Got to see inside real mine and hear tons of interesting facts about early miners hardships. Lots of old mining tools as well. Let kids pan for gold which they loved too. Worth the....  more »
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  • Shawna, the tour guide, was very enthusiastic and had a great sense of humor. You can tell she loves teaching about history. The gold mine tour was chilly but very interesting to see. After the tour we planned for gold and got to keep everything we found. We were the lucky ones and got an entire file full. Fun for all ages!
  • For me, it's not so much about the gold. I loved the tour where they talked about the mine. It's very close to Mount Rushmore, you can even see it from there! If you like planning for gold, they teach you how and lot you can for gold. If you like anything stated above, definitely come here!
  • Very friendly and helpful staff. The gift shop is really cool, it's got some pretty eclectic stuff. Would highly recommend if you've got kids. Ours loved the tour too.
  • Our tour guide Isabella was excellent and knowledgable about the history of the mine and town. We did the panning for gold option as well and that was cool to be able to get some of our own gold flakes to take home. It was a great experience and would do it again!
  • It's fun and kid friendly. It offers a tour of the actual mine, and mill house that operated during its "Hay Day". It gives people an idea of what a "Hard Rock" mine is and what it was like to work and own one. They also offer permits to go panning for gold in creeks and streams in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where you have a chance of finding real gold! They also teach you how to pan for gold and what to look for.

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