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Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history...

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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Gold in them there hills

This trip came as part of the package we were on so I wasn't expecting much but was I wrong, it was a great morning and I would certainly go again. You take a small train to where... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This trip came as part of the package we were on so I wasn't expecting much but was I wrong, it was a great morning and I would certainly go again. You take a small train to where the gold dredge is and along the way the guides stop and tell you about the history and how they prospected for... More 

Thank AucklandJonathan
Colden, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On 8/9/15 my husband and I decided to go panning for gold so we made our way to this place. Cost $39.95 per person which I felt was a great deal for all we did and saw. It is located around 10 miles outside of town. We arrived in time for the 1:45 pm tour. They do tours at 10:30... More 

Thank chris45ny
Nashville, Michigan
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We tossed around the idea of going to the Gold Dredge 8 while in Fairbanks. Finally decided we had time to kill so why not. Pulled up just as they were beginning the presentation and tour. It was a very interesting and informative presentation. After the initial introduction we then boarded a small train and continued. At the end of... More 

Thank GGJune
Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Excellent tour and history lesson on Alaska. Well worth the price and a must see for tourists. I can highly recommend this!

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Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Loved this. All of the tour people in Alaska aim to please, very kind courteous and give lots of information from the bus driver that took us there to all the people at Gold Dredge 8. We booked this with Princess Cruise Lines so we were taken by bus from the Princess Lodge. I am surprised at any negative reviews.... More 

Thank Nancy H
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Good informative tour that uses an old steam train to transport visitors around the site. It was an excellent way to inform and entertain at the same time. The gold panning experience was fun because everyone actually found some gold although not enough to pay for our trip! Free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies available in the gift shop. Nicely... More 

1 Thank George K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

So much fun!! And the kids get a history lesson without even stepping foot in school :) we thoroughly enjoyed our experience and love to bring people back every time they come to visit!

Thank the4bruces
Kingsport, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This excursion was included in our land package in Alaska. That said, I would definitely pay for it if it wasn't included. A bus picks you up and your hotel and drives you a short distance to the Gold Dredge Site. The tour starts with a brief history of the Alaskan Pipeline, which you will be standing next to as... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This tour is pleasant but a bit on the boring side - better for a day when you've run out of things to do - you will have a very knowledgeable and pleasant host but as with many of the tours in Alaska it is like Disneyland for adults - riding on a little train, seeing a few sets off... More 

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

It is very fun place to visit. First, you will find out huge pipeline from Artic sea. Also you will ride monorail and take a look at the old fashioned gold mining processes. After that, you can collect gold from the sand and dust by panning them. I got a cute nugget from it, and it was very valuable experience.... More 

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