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Gold Dredge No. 8

1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
+1 907-457-6058
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Ranked #13 of 41 activities in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mines, Historic Sites, Educational Sites
Activities: Dig (archeology), Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Lafaye
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This was a well presented hands on tour of the history of modern gold rush in Alaska. A fun time, tour the dredge, pan for gold, but I thought the highlight was walking through the huge multi-story dredge.

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Hooksett NH
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125 reviews 125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

While staying in Fairbanks, we decided to visit the Gold Dredge 8 on a drizzly day. It's a little pricey, but very authentic. You ride a small train to the gold dredge with a very nice narration along the way. Once you get to the dredge you have the opportunity to walk through the dredge which isn a huge machine(as... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This was one of those long time bucket list items. Was a very interesting and entertaining outing. The only thing that could have made it better is better weather. If it's raining, you will probably get somewhat damp. The train is covered and the place for panning is covered, but still open air. Even with rain, it is a keeper... More

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Boston
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9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed ourselves going here and panning for gold. We took a train over after we were informed about the Alyeska pipeline. Then you could walk inside and through the old gold dredge. Fun experience.

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Dover, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The tour starts with a short presentation by the narrator on the Alaska Pipeline. Although I thought this would not really interest me, I enjoyed it. The train ride was fun but do hold on when they start out because it does start with a jolt. The conductor is a cute older gentleman who played music and sang for us... More

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The tour offers good historical information on the gold rush here. While I felt that the tour is pricey, It turned out to be a great tour for the kids. They really had good fun panning for the gold. The gold collected in panning is really miniscule, valued like $10. But you can't cash them there. At the end of... More

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North Pole, Alaska
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

What an amazing day! There are a large amount of tourists that love this but even as an Alaskan Resident just a hop and a skip away in North Pole, we loved it! You learn about the area, the era, the miners and their methods, you pan for gold with the opportunity of putting it in a beautiful locket, the... More

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arlington heights, illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This stop was part of our land tour with the cruise line. This is a great excursion to learn about how gold was mined with a dredge. The train ride was really entertaining and informative, with music and humorous narration.The finale was panning for gold which was quite fun!!! ...and of course the gift shop (every place you go has... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a truly unique experience, very different from visiting a gold mine. We were not able to go out onto the dredge, nor take the train TO the dredge because of flooding, but the gold panning and the insight into dredge mining was still worth the trip. Tour guide Jack and the local lady who operates her own dredge... More

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Canastota, New York
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This tour gives you a little taste of what it was like to pan for gold. You definitely get a little gold fever when you start to see that gold flashing in your pan. Staff was very nice and informative. You even get to learn a little about the Alaskan Pipe Line. Kids will like the narrow gage train ride.... More

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