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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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Nice to bring home a meaningful souvenir!

Like the other reviewers have noted, this is a fun activity to do in Fairbanks. We did it as part of our cruise land tour, and it was a really nice afternoon. Panning for gold was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Like the other reviewers have noted, this is a fun activity to do in Fairbanks. We did it as part of our cruise land tour, and it was a really nice afternoon. Panning for gold was quite successful for us and we had our spoils made into a lovely keepsake necklace.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The pipeline was fascinating then we went on a train ride where the displays are manned by actual people doing the chores and ended up with gold panning in warmed water !! it was bitterly cold that day and I ended up buying a coat and hat in the shop !!! I managed to get help with the gold panning... More 

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Cooperstown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We thought this would be hokey but it was part of our cruise so we went along. It was terrific to see the pipeline and hear an excellent lecture. Then on to Gold Dredge which was very educational and fun. I had no luck panning so they gave me another "poke". All together we had $14 worth of gold which... More 

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Overall, interesting experience. The train ride/history section is a bit dry but if you can stay awake through that the gold panning is a pretty cool experience. The best part is getting to make your gold into a genuine Alaskan souvenir such as a necklace, key chain or ornament. Probably would not do a second time but definitely worth doing... More 

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CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I have to say I am very impressed! the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. you get to touch and walk under the pipe line while listening to a very knowledgeable guide. then you take a train where you will find a great singer and have a little entertainment. during the train ride, they make stops to teach/show explain some of... More 

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Marietta, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Even if you aren't interested in gold rush era, this is a fun tour. You learn about the current Aleskya pipeline, get to ride on a train tour through the dredge area, see the huge Gold Dredge 8 then you pan for gold. You can keepsake your gold you find in a necklace, magnet etc. Overall everyone was extremely friendly... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This was part of our tour from Holland America, and it really seemed like everyone enjoyed it. They have their presentation down to a science, first talking about the Pipeline, then taking us on a tour from the comfort of a train, with knowledgeable guides. Then for the most fun we actually panned and successfully got some gold. Of course... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this tour which included the Alyeska Pipeline and Gold Dredge 8 more than I thought we would! The knowledge of the staff was amazing and made the experience worth while.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Interesting and fun for all ages. Learn about the Alyeska pipeline, the Gold Rush and the massive Gold Dredge 8. Worthwhile, educational and the local staff are fantastic.

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This excursion combined a history of gold mining in Alaska and a little on the development of the Alaskan pipeline. You can actually touch the pipeline. The gold panning is fun. they hand you a bag of sand and small rocks that you pour into a pan and after instruction, learn how to gracefully separate the sand and rock from... More 

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