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Gold Dredge No. 8

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Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 907-457-6058
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Sharry6668
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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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Beaver, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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58 reviews 58 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 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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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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Smyrna, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My family and I were in Fairbanks for a couple days for our Alaskan trip this past August. Had a blast dredging for gold just like the old miners did! Hearing about all the history of gold dredging in AK was fun as well!

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Churchville,PA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Enjoyable train ride with an explanation of the gold era, then you pan for gold. Just a fun part of the day. Very well organized. They gave you hot chocolate and cookies.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Here's an attraction that gives you a genuine look into the industry that largely put Fairbanks on the map. You'll get a chance to view historic mining equipment, ride the train around the grounds, pans for gold flakes during an instructor led lesson, and then shop in the enormous gift shop. Normally I wouldn't even mention a gift store, but... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a fair way out of Fairbanks, but well worth the journey. The tour starts at the Alaska pipeline, which is itself interesting. Then follows a mini-train journey with live entertainment around the site to the ramshackle dredge which is very large and well-explained by the commentary. The gold-panning we did was educational, though not particularly profitable. We each... More 

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