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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 38 activities in Fairbanks
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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Closter
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84 reviews 84 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

We took this tour as part of a PRinses cruise in Alaska. It was totally not worth the price. A Large part of the tour is time to buy overpriced junk in their gift shop! Another part of the time was wasted on a bus ride from the dock to the dredge. The actual tour was technical and boring at... More

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Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We visited Gold Dredge 8 on our recent Alaska tour and it was interesting and educational. The train ride to the dredge was very nice and informative.Everyone received a small bag of sand and gravel to pan for gold in the water troughs It was fun and rewarding when we found gold pieces. We then took them to be weighed... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

A very commercial tour, but it gives you great insight in delving minerals in Alaska. The tour starts at the oil pipeline that runs through Alaska. It's explained by a tourguide. There's a train ride with entertainment on board. That runs you through the history on how to dig for gold. They will show you how to pan gold from... More

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Odessa, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

we have been to this place in may 2013 in this place you can see how they take gold from mountains and there you can see the gas pipe line which is 600 miles long. this place is amazing when you go to this place you can also take out gold from the sand

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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123 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This was an interesting activity. We first heard a bit about the history before boarding a slow-moving train that took us to where we panned for gold. Before the train departed, we were entertained by a wonderful man with a guita (on the way back. Along the way, we learned more about gold mining and the history of this mine.... More

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union grove, wi
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

A wonderful learning experience about what mining for gold was like. Your tour is on a trolley that takes you to different sites where working are showing different types of mining. At the end they show you how to pan for gold. It takes some practice to get it right. It was a fun day. I was impressed with the... More

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Celebration, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We were very impressed with the quality of the tour and all of the staff. A bonus was the explanation about the Alaskan pipeline. The only negative was that my wife thought we would go out to an actual stream to "pan for golf" vs. the trough that were set in buildings.

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Elizabeth City, NC
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Essentially, the experience is based on the very same site that was in active operation as a gold mine until the 1960s. The namesake of the site is an enormous stationary cross between a tin paddlewheel, a conveyor belt and a rock crusher, that would be floated from site to site scooping up, crushing and processing ore for gold. The... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

This trip exceeded my expectations, as I was not so interested in taking this tour, although my wife was. The guide we had (a high-school teacher) was very good: he was very knowledgeable, with a down-to-earth approach. As well as the history of gold mining in the area, he gave a very good talk on the Alaska pipeline – we... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

An organised half day tour (though you need own transport unless in a group tour bus). Went there on a typical rainy day but this did not hamper the visit. A pre-tour talk about gold mining and the oil pipeline, then a short guided tour in an old style train to the actual dredge site to be shown an exhibition... More

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