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Gold Dredge No. 8

Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 907-457-6058
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Ranked #14 of 49 Activities in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Mines, Sightseeing Tours
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...
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Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites, Mines, Sightseeing Tours
Activities: Dig (archeology), Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Warsaw, Poland
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90 reviews 90 reviews
17 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
25 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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152 reviews 152 reviews
59 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We arrived by bus to take a small train to the dredging site. Before, we actually started, they had a local man who had opened for Johnny Cash, sing a few songs for us. Part of the tour also included seeing part of the Alaskan pipeline, before we got on the train. The narrator, gave us information on the pipeline... More 

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Fort Washington, Maryland
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The tour was very much like a Disney attraction, smoothly scripted and impeccably acted. Very professional, very educational, and a lot of fun. Loved "panning for gold" and hold my little specks of the yellow stuff as a most excellent souvenir of my journey to Fairbanks. But the best was being allowed to hold the 19-ounce gold nugget and the... More 

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Livingston, Louisiana
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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Wow, a great experience and gold to boot! The narrator on our train ride had the best voice, so clear and understandable. We had great music and very informative information about gold. The panning for gold was a great experience, you always get some! The free hot chocolate and the free cookies were just what I needed after the tedious... More 

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