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Gold Dredge 8

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Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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Join the Binkley family for a trip through Alaska's gold mining history at...

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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Tour of gold field interesting but panning for gold not all its supposed to be

This excursion was part of our Alaska cruise tour. It was raining the morning, we were scheduled for our tour so the tour began with the pipeline and we were instructed to sit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This excursion was part of our Alaska cruise tour. It was raining the morning, we were scheduled for our tour so the tour began with the pipeline and we were instructed to sit on the train that goes through the gold field in order to stay dry and told about the pipeline. The train takes you past some old mining... More 

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Chillicothe, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to the Dredge. The education portion was entertaining for all education levels and being able to pan for gold and keep it was an awesome experience. Highly recommend!

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Greer, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent excursion. Fun filled day. Begins with a narrative train ride to the dredge. I never knew what dredging for gold was about. Amazing at the massive machine and how it worked. Narrations all along the way, and easy to understand. You could view the machine up close and imagine how it worked with only a handful of people around... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was one of our excursions on the Princess cruisetour and some people said it's hokey and maybe it is but it is still fun. We had an excellent time panning for gold and we thought the old dredge was pretty interesting. Everybody was super helpful and I ended up with the most gold in the group.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Attraction is now managed by the same folks as the Discovery Riverboat. Knowledgeable guides, pan for gold and enjoy the entertainment.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a fun day at the Gold Dredge 8. The train ride was entertaining by the commentaries and demonstrations. The actual gold panning was fantastic. Both my wife and I got $ 12.00 worth of gold flakes. Hot chocolates and cookies were the icing of the cake to top off the day, I highly recommend this place. Tom

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Ithaca, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visited Dredge 8-saw and heard information about the Alaskan pipeline and history of gold mining at this site. So interesting for my husband to see the Alaskan pipeline. Also able to "pan" for gold afterwards and then through the gift shop. Free hot baked cookies and free drinks were great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Combined with a tutorial on the pipeline and a well done presentation on the history of gold mining, this is worth a half day. Hands on panning for gold included. Very well done with a good staff. Loved it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were hesitant to go on this tour. Our thoughts were, "tourist trap." We are glad that we went. It was a lot of fun from the beginning to the end! The tour started with information about the Alaska Pipeline with a display. Next, we boarded the train which was both informative and entertaining. It was raining out, but that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our group (6) selected this as our second stop along our self guided tour of Alaska. Gold Dredge 8 is a two hour tour into the history of gold mining in this part of the state. This attraction is well designed to handle large (tour bus) down to single person groups. Our group drove ourselves but we joined several full... More 

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