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Big Thunder is One of the Top Attractions For Kids

Big Thunder Gold Mine is listed as one of the 15 stops for kids in South Dakota by todaysmama.com's Anna Shirley!

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Join us for Rattlesnake Randy's 2nd Annual Speed Panning Championship

It’s that time of year again!  Big Thunder Gold Mine presents “Rattlesnake” Randy’s 2nd Annual Speed Panning Championship 2016.  The speed panning championship is a great way for lovers of gold panning to come together and show off their skills. 

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Gold Panning and Gold Prospecting with Ozzy Osbourne

Hi all. Last October I had the pleasure of gold mining with rock legend Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack Osbourne. 

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Be Responsible when Gold Prospecting: A Good Gold Panning Trip Means Cleaning Up

Howdy!  Today I thought I’d stress the importance and responsibility of treating our great outdoors with respect when you’re out on your next gold prospecting adventure!

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Gold Prospecting Tips for Panning and Sluicing on a Gold Claim

Hi again!  Well, the Black Hills summer season is upon us.  The Big Thunder Gold Mine is in full swing already, and we're taking customers down to the claims to sluice and pan for Black Hills gold.  Keystone is getting busier and busier with people from all around the country, and we’re getting our fair share of future gold prospecting hobbyists!  We have our own gold claim, where we take groups of people down and teach them how to pan for gold.  The best part?  You get to keep the gold you find! 

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"Rattlesnake" Randy is Back with More Gold Panning Tips and Tricks

Welcome again folks! My first tip for gold panning is hard to put into words.  Discussing gold pannning techniques can be a lttle difficult considering the nature of the activity, but I do have some pointers for you.

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Strike Gold with Gold Panning Tips from “Rattlesnake” Randy

Hello Folks!  Well, I am now a member of the world-wide  blogging community!  I hope through this I can explain to you the fun and thrill of gold panning and sluicing in the outdoors.

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Panning Competition

Don't miss out on the first ever "Rattlesnake Randy's Speed Panning Championships!" All ages and panning levels are welcome. Or just come to watch!
It will be held at Big Thunder Gold Mine on September 12th.

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Gold Mining in the Black Hills with the Right Gold Panning Supplies

My husband had never panned for "Real" gold and was a little hesitant to try this activity.

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