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Background

A Brief Historical Timeline of Big Thunder Gold Mine

1892

Big Thunder Gold Mine Was Discovered By Two German Immigrant Miners, W.B. Krupp and J.A. Engle

1914

Mining at Big Thunder Gold Mine Concludes

1915

[When did Big Thunder Gold Mine first open as an attraction?]

1993

The McLain’s Purchase Big Thunder Gold Mine at a local auction

1995

The McLain’s Purchase the Restaurant Adjacent to the Mine, which was once known as Ingram’s Cabinet in the late 1800s.

1996

The McLain’s Purchase a Real Gold Claim Along Historic Battle Creek, Roughly Four Miles Away From Big Thunder Gold Mine

2001

An Original Replica of the Tykoon Mill Was Built on Big Thunder Gold Mine’s Premises, Opening as the Big Thunder Gold Mine Mining Museum

2002

Big Thunder Gold Mine Begins Offering Claim Panning Adventures

2003

The Big Thunder Bar & Grill Opens as the Black Hills Premier Game Restaurant

2021

Big Thunder Gold Mine Receives the Prestigious George S. Mickelson Award and Earns its Distinction as one of South Dakota’s Great Places to Visit.


Big Thunder Gold Mine Today

Today, Big Thunder Gold Mine is still owned and operated by Sandi McLain, who eats, sleeps, and breathes the vibrancy of the Big Thunder Gold Mine experience. Passionate about providing visitors with authentic experiences and immersed in the rich mining history of the beautiful Black Hills, Big Thunder Gold Mine is as popular as ever among families and friends who value the great service and once-in-a-lifetime experiences Big Thunder Gold Mine has to offer. Future endeavors for the Mine include renovations throughout the Mine, Gift Shop, and more as we look to serve countless families, friends, and loved ones for many more decades to come.

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