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Gold Mining Attractions

Black Hills Gold!

The Black Hills of South Dakota once had their own Gold Rush around 1875 and miners came from all over the country to find their fortune. The Rush didn't last long for most, but it changed the land and culture of the area. Now The Black Hills promote their rich mining heritage with mine tours, gold and gem panning, exhibits and more.

Black Hills Mining MuseumBlack Hills Mining Museum – Lead, SD
Dedicated to the preservation of the rich mining heritage of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Experience gold panning and a simulated underground gold mine.

Sanford Lab, HomestakeSanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center – Lead, SD
We invite you to visit our exhibit hall, where you’ll find exciting information about Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab), the city of Lead, and the history of Homestake. The tour includes a trip through historic Lead, and a surface tour of Sanford Underground Research Facility.

Big thunder Gold MineBig Thunder Gold Mine and Museum – Keystone, SD
Find your treasure of gold. Two types of gold panning plus gem panning. Learn about Black Hills Gold Mining History & Geology.

Wade's Gold MineWade’s Gold Mill – Hill City, SD
A Trip Back in Time. Pan For Gold. Take a Hands-On Tour of Antique Mining Equipment. Experience a Unique Modern Placer Gold Mill. An Authentic Experience.