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Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Walk the dredge, think about all the work that has been done for gold

As you read the other reviews, I am in agreement. I will try not to repeat myself. Take a jacket, even in July. You will be on an open train for a bit. They have a nice tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

As you read the other reviews, I am in agreement. I will try not to repeat myself. Take a jacket, even in July. You will be on an open train for a bit. They have a nice tour with television screens and cameras so that regardless of where you are seated, you can see who is talking to you. You... More 

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Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We started off riding the rails on a replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad. We were entertained by a gentleman and his guitar before the start. Once we arrived at the Dredge you are given your poke of dirt. We then sat at a well staffed and large area to begin our gold panning. Exciting looking for the gold flecks.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice tour and good for the entire family. You get to ride a train, pan for gold, get demonstrations on the process of dredging for gold and learned about the Alaskan pipeline. Well worth going

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

While touring Alaska we took an excursion and did the Gold Dredge 8 tour. The tour guide was a young native Alaskan that was very knowledgeable about the early gold rush days. We rode a short train ride to the mine and panned for gold. I needed help and the attendees were very eager to show you how to pan... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Very good presentation and exhibit of gold rush history in Alaska. Train ride fun. I am not good at panning gold, but they tried hard to teach me. Overall a fun, informative time. Got to learn about the pipeline and see it, also.

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This guided tour of the Gold Dredge 8 mine was extremely interesting and very well run. While I expected this to be a bit touristy, what we learned about Gold Mining and panning for gold in Alaska far outweighed any initial reservations about this attraction. Our time at Gold Dredge 8 made for a very enjoyable couple hours and left... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Good, informative talk on the pipeline and a train ride to the gold dredge. Then we got instruction on how to pan for gold and were each handed a bag of dirt. We went to benches next to a big long tub of water (no stooping!) and emptied our dirt into our pans and started rinsing the dirt and pebbles... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We are here to see Gold Dredge No. 8 with its Authentic History. The tour starts with the Alyeska Pipeline. The young man in the bibbed overalls explaining the pipeline goes on to explain how the crude oil is taxed and that the excess taxes at the end of the year are distributed to the Alaskans because it is people’s... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We took this excursion as a part of our Holland America Alaska Cruise Tour. The price was included in the cruise tour package and frankly, we probably would have skipped it if we had to pay. WAS I WRONG!!!! This excursion was one of the highlights of our vacation. We arrived by motor coach at the dredge site...boarded a small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We really enjoyed our trip to the Gold Dredge 8. The talk about the Alaskan pipeline was informative and then the train ride to the Gold Dredge was interesting. We enjoyed panning for gold and the staff was very helpful in teaching us how to do it. They served cookies and hot chocolate/coffee, which was good and much appreciated. A... More 

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Additional Information about Gold Dredge 8

Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
Location: United States  >  Alaska (AK)  >  Fairbanks
Open Hours:
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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