Big Thunder Gold Mine - Keystone, SD
Big Thunder Gold Mine gives Mount Rushmore visitors the chance to tour an authentic gold mine, and try their hand at mining. This attraction will bring you back to the exciting times of the settling of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Learn about the history of the area, and tour an actual gold mine with knowledgeable and interesting tour guides.
The mining museum is a fascinating and informative site with displays detailing the era and showing what life was like for those who really 'went for the gold.' You can even take a part of that life back with you when you return to the 21st century with your own piece of gold ore.
The tour runs daily and is handicap accessible. The museum is modeled after the Tykoon Gold Mill (Custom Mill) that was built in 1895 on the Big Thunder property. There is no additional charge to get in the museum, and inside you will get the chance to explore a stamp mill, a bell crusher and jaw crusher, winches, blacksmith equipment and more. Afterwards, you can get the chance to search for gold yourself. The gold and gem panning exercise guarantees that you will find gold, though you will realize that patience was definitely a virtue the miners of the past needed to have.