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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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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 train ride and informative

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 27, 2015
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Churchville,PA
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Churchville,PA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

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
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Warsaw, Poland
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101 reviews 101 reviews
26 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I am rarely putting myself into tourist shoes and I almost always refuse these strange prepared for tourists attractions. This one though was very nice - I was impressed how well it was organized and how well they handled about 200 people doing panning. Great unforgettable experience - gold panning is not something we do every day, right? :)

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Corydon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

All employees including the train conductor and the store employees worked well together in providing an interesting and enjoyable experience. The restoration of the site is great. The attitude and professionalism of the staff was reflected in the great job they did. The train ride was interesting and not too long. Panning was surprisingly fun and someone was available to... More 

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Oakland, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The tour was fun. The train ride, the gold panning are very fun stuff to do. But it was on the pricier side. You get to keep the gold that you panned.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

While it is true that this is a way for them to make money, you definitely get your money's worth. You get to pan for gold and then you can find out how much it is worth - most people I was with had about $20 worth. We then had the gold put into a locket which was a cool... More 

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Whitehorse, Canada
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151 reviews 151 reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Gold is what made Fairbanks and the living history lovingly showcased at Gold Dredge #8 is top-notch. Highly recommend this attraction which will give one a great perspective of the work involved and how the quest for gold grew.

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The Villages
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We booked this as a combination tour with a riverboat. The gold dredge is right beside part of the Alaska Pipeline, so there's a talk about the pipeline as well. You ride a train through the site to the Gold Dredge, which stands where it last operated in 1959. The dredge was used during the Klondike gold rush. You can... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Enjoyed the train ride & the history of searching for gold. Gold is still here, but big government regulation caused the mine to shut down. They let you pan for gold dust. There is a trick to it, but they help you out. Bet you find gold.

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