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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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Columbus
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52 reviews 52 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This tour is tightly organized and is meant to move you through the panning process and into the gift shop. We felt a bit rushed. But it was still very informative and worthwhile. You start off with a little history of the Trans Alaska pipeline since it's right there at the start of the tour. Then board a little train... More

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Brookings, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I was very tired from traveling when I boarded this train to the gold dredge. I wasn't thinking I would like it. But what a fun place to be. The train had great speakers so my almost deaf husband wasn't constantly asking me what was being said. The train had video screens to show the details of all of the... More

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Alpine, California
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158 reviews 158 reviews
59 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It amazes me how they can herd hundreds of people through the area, onto trains, panning for gold and actually enjoy yourself. The staff were extremely helpful with individual assistance provided where needed. Everyone is guaranteed to find gold. Love it!

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Charleston, West Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was a very nice tour with a small train ride to get you to the dredge where they then give you a bag of dirt to pan for gold with. We found $54 worth of gold between our two bags then spent $23 to have it mounted on a magnate. There were also very nice lockets that it could... More

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Cambridge, Ontario
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We had a rainy day and almost gave up on going to Gold Dredge 8. We are so glad we didn't. Our family of 6 adults and 1 child had a fantastic time. They provided large umbrellas and disposable plastic ponchos for those who wanted them. The introductory lesson on the oil pipeline was very informative.We were then treated to... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Gold Dredge No. 8 offers something for everybody. They have a lot of history about not only the way gold was mined but also about the oil pipeline. You get to pan for gold and ride a train which kids would love and a good sized gift shop for those who like souvenirs. Don't forget to go into the dredge... More

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I didnt have many high expectations of this tour that was included in the land portion of our celebrity land tour through Alaska, i honestly though it was going to be a tourist trap... but was i mistaken... Not only it's interesting, you get to see a lot of things that mark this state ... like the Alyeska Pipeline (you... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

This tour tells you all you ever wanted to know about golf mining with very knowledgeable presenters. A short train ride past the old time dredge ends at a large enclosure where you actually get to "pan for gold" . It's kind of fun and they will weigh the gold you mined and tell you when it is worth. The... More

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springfield vt
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Very interesting. Large scale dredge. Lots of gold in your pan, most folks find about $10 worth. Only runs twice a day. Make reservations. Good place to visit if rainy, mostly undercover. They let you handle a nugget worth about $75,000. Highly recommend.

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