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Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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Activities: Dig (archeology), Group tours/walking tour
Description: Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at...
Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at Gold Dredge 8. Enjoy a close up view of the Trans Alaska Pipeline and a presentation about it's construction and operation. Then take a seat aboard a replica of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad and hear the conductor tell tales of prospectors who arrived by the thousands during the gold rush. The train ride takes you to Gold Dredge 8 where you will see first-hand how the dredge worked the gold fields, then receive a brief but informative course on gold panning. Once the train arrives at the camp, you will try panning for yourself! You will find gold- we guarantee it! Finally, explore the dredge camp and enjoy complimentary coffee and freshly baked cookies in the gift shop as your gold is weighed, then hop aboard the train and return to the station.
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Panning for Gold

A fun, interesting and informative activity. Learn about the oil pipeline, learn about gold mining and pan for your own gold.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Raelene H
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Meekatharra, Australia
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Meekatharra, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A fun, interesting and informative activity. Learn about the oil pipeline, learn about gold mining and pan for your own gold.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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103 reviews 103 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Starting with a train ride (my fav) with a signed from Don Ho's band. Who knew then off to go led panning. Fun afternoon and a look at the pipeline on the way to the train. A must

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Michigan
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158 reviews 158 reviews
22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This excursion was included as part of our land tour. Honestly, I thought this was going to be very touristy. I was wrong. First, we got to see part of the Alaskan pipeline and learned a lot of the history. Then we boarded a narrow gauge railroad to the mining camp. There were several stops along the way whe re... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I loved watching the gold rush shows on discovery channel, and always hoped I'd get the chance to try panning. Well I finally had my chance on this tour with my family and friends. The staff were professional, and their explanations were great. The train ride was relaxing and fun, also a great learning experience if you are into this... More 

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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

You enjoy panning for gold like they did way back . The great little train ride take you back in time you see how the dregged for gold.then you get you little bag of rock and stuff. The panning was a little difficult to do but once you get the hang of it is easier. The gift shop with the... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been in Fairbanks since 2010 and have gone to this attraction every year. In fact I went to it when it was called El Dorado Gold Mine at a different location. First and foremost this is a tourist attraction. At the end of this attraction there is a gift shop and they want you to buy their stuff.... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My mom came to visit and wanted to do ALL the touristy things. Begged her not to make us do this. Panning for gold? Really? I lost. Of course I lost. Well, it was unexpectedly delightful. It was informative and engaging, and I loved being carted through the mines and having their crew explain the layers of sedimentation and what... More 

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North Pole, Alaska
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66 reviews 66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

If you are new to the area or simply passing through, Gold Dredge No. 8 is a really great stop. This little tour starts with a short train ride, and won't eat up your entire day. It has a nice mix of historical info, gold panning and some great cookies! If it's a chilly day, and this can happen often... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Gold Dredge No. 8 is a must do tourist attraction. It is look back into the history of the Alaskan gold rush. Not only do you get a lesson on the Dredge, but you also get to pan for gold. This was the highlight of this attraction. I would recommend this for something to do in Fairbanks.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We bring all of our visiting family here, a great place and a good price. Had fun panning for gold and very nice gift area and the train ride is very memorable.

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