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Gold Dredge 8

Fairbanks, AK, USA
About Gold Dredge 8
SEASONAL BUSINESS OPEN mid-MAY to mid-SEPTEMBER. 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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Teardrop Trailer Traveler wrote a review Aug 2020
United States580 contributions44 helpful votes
The Gold Dredge 8 was one of the tours include with our Alaska Land and Sea cruise. It's probably not a tour I would have booked on my own, but we enjoyed it very much. The tour starts out at the Alyeska pipeline. After a brief overview of the pipeline, we boarded a train which took us out over the goldfields to the big gold dredge. Along the way, we learned some of the interesting history about gold mining in Alaska. Once at the gold dredge, we got to pan for gold. Then we had some time to explore the gift shop/museum area. The best thing about the tour was the opportunity to walk out to the big three-story gold dredge. This big machine was used to dig up earth and separate the gold from the dirt an other rocks, and we were able to walk through the entire thing. As a bonus, we saw a moose on the return train ride!
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Date of experience: September 2019
mickey92893 wrote a review Mar 2020
101 contributions5 helpful votes
Great spot for anyone to visit if your in Fairbanks. After a educational train-ride through the history of the mine you get to learn how to dredge yourself. Upon completion staff members weigh your gold and you can choose what you would like to do with it, leave it as is or have it placed in something memorable like a necklace or keychain. A family run business, the staff members are all kind and courteous. You also get a great up close view of the Alaskan pipeline.
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Date of experience: May 2019
930waynel5 wrote a review Dec 2019
Merrylands, Australia589 contributions142 helpful votes
Tour starts off with a brief session on the construction & maintenance of the Alyeska Pipeline. You then get aboard a narrow gauge train for a ride around complex with a very informative guide. The train stops at various areas where demonstrations of old methods of gold mining and panning are shown. You continue on to the Dredge and a lady tells us all about how it worked, which was very interesting. Then you arrived at another station and got off and were handed a bag containing rocks and dirt. You were given a pan and shown how to pan for gold, there was small particles of gold in each bag. If you were not able to "pan" for gold a staff member would show you or do it for you and show you how to put gold flakes in cylinder. You then took then inside building to get weighed and told how much you had. We had $52 in total. If you wanted you could get your gold "cache" put into jewellery pieces. In the building was gift shop and hot coffee and cookies, nice. Highly recommend tour.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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rjbmann wrote a review Dec 2019
Delaware, Ohio37 contributions5 helpful votes
Great tour. Very detail explanation of how a gold dredge worked. Plus a view of the Alaskan pipeline with a great explanation of the building and maintenance of the pipeline
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Date of experience: June 2019
Kathy S wrote a review Dec 2019
8 contributions1 helpful vote
We made reservations ahead of time so there wasnt a wait line. Interesting to see the old items they have from mining days. You ride around in a rail trolley so there is very little walking. They have a huge covered area where u pan for gold. Then take your gold flakes in to be weighed. At the end of the tour you stop at the pipeline & hear that story. You can see how huge the line actually is.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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