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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 #14 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We drove approximately 40 mins from our hotel and enjoyed this tour! We were the 10:30am tour with Jack. This guy sure new his stuff! His voice and his beard was as authentic as those years ago.as we rode the train he spoke about the miners. Then we panned for the gold. Yes actually gold! They have many staff to... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We did this tour as part of our land+sea vacation. While parts of the tour was informative, it was a little cheesy and you almost feel obligated to buy something to put your panned gold in. The person that first spoke at the beginning of the tour started going into political statements about Prop1. I felt this was inappropriate.

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New York City, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The tour is very well organized and commericalized too. The tour was very informative and interesting. And it also provided a good lesson about history. The highlight was defintely when we panned for the gold from a small bag of dirts - and both adults and kids finally got the gold after a little effort !! It is definitely worth... More

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Vail, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited the Gold Dredge #8 in August 2014 - wasn't sure what to expect - would it be informative, touristy, boring?? Had a great time ! Tour turned out to be very informative and interesting. Favorite parts of the tour were viewing the Gold Dredge and Panning for Gold. The panning part including shopping time was a little touristy, but... More

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Detroit, Michigan USA
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Interesting to learn about the Alyeska pipeline and the dredging procedures. We panned for gold (like all other tourists - but had a great time. Don't expect to strike it rich - but expect to have a wonderful Alaskan experience.

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Chorzow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Absolutely perfect organized, with friendly staff, a true tour into history of golden rush times. Very educating and showing the real business of dredging of gold. With personal gold paning (available for EVERY persons) and with guarantee of gold finding - it was a great experience! Assure not to miss it!!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We had heard from others that we "could skip this one", but I am so glad we didn't. Yes, maybe it was a bit hokey panning for gold, but it was fun and my husband, kids and I enjoyed ourselves. I found the train ride back to the dredge entertaining and informative and enjoyed learning a little about the Alaskan... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

but it turned into an interesting afternoon, with a pleasant, entertaining train ride, excellent interpretation of the gold mining process, and a reveal of how much skill was involved in gold panning (including a breathtakingly adept and elegant demonstration of the craft by an old-timer.. Yes we were directed into the gift shop (an experience we dont like), but there... More

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MN
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was a really fun trip. It was included with our Princess Cruise/Land Tour so I don't know what it costs, but it was great. We got off a bus at a viewing area for the Trans Alaska Pipeline, were told the history and importance of this huge pipe. We then boarded a train "tram", complete with a singing conductor.... More

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Columbus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

From the Singing Conductor on the train ride to the gold panning history to actually panning for gold (everyone is guaranteed to get gold in their pan. This is a fun thing to do. The gold we found will now go to our granddaughters in a necklace where the gold is exhibited in a crystal pod. Who knew panning for... More

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