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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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Great excursion

Really enjoyed the tour. Learned a lot about the pipeline, and the gold rush. The dredge was awesome. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about all there was to see. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Casa Grande, Arizona, United States
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Casa Grande, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed the tour. Learned a lot about the pipeline, and the gold rush. The dredge was awesome. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about all there was to see. The employees at the dredge were very friendly

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did not go with a tour group, we were traveling on our own and bought our tickets in advance online. We were interested in learning about the gold dredge and my husband is interested in trains. This was described a a train ride to a gold mine. We arrived a little early and we told to wait by the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed the Gold Dredge Excursion. We are fans of Gold Rush and liked going inside the dredge and also liked panning for gold which was a lot of fun. Good information and great tour. We would definitely recommend taking this excursion while in Fairbanks.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting look at how gold was once found in Alaska. Tour includes a train ride, look at the Alaska Pipeline, a chance to pan for gold (everyone gets some gold flakes) and the mandatory gift shop visit.

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Duesseldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did a lot of activities in Alaska and this one was the most "mass touristic" one. That sounds negative for a moment as it is something we normally don´t like, but how professional and how nice they handle the amount of people turned it around in a very, very good experience. As I said we were a bit shocked... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Take a ride on an old train and learn the history of the gold-mining adventures. You get to pan for gold. We all got anywhere from $9 - $ 30 in bits of gold out of panning! Of course, you can buy a locket to place your gold in for keepsake. They serve free coffee , hot chocolate and 5... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This tour was included in the land portion prior to a Celebrity cruise. You start at the Alaska pipline, which is impressive. A man gives a very interesting talk about the history, Then you board a train to learn all about gold dredging in Fairbanks, viewing actual areas that have been mined (shut down in the 50's) and the equiment... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was going to pass this up - thought it looked too "touristy." A local recommended it, saying it was a little touristy, but highly educational as well - and she was so right. The narrative, given by a local expert on the history of the dredge and gold mining was excellent. Another local gold miner explained the dredge and made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a couple days before our cruise started so we wanted to take in the local spots. This tour as extremely well done. The orchestration was brilliant. Train ride to the Gold Dredge you could see all the beautiful scenery and get a feel for what is was like living and working in this part of Alaska. A real... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This starts out with a bus trip of 30-45 minutes to the spot where you pick up the train ride to the Dredge. You get off the bus and walk just a few feet to the Alaskan Pipe Line and get a great talk about the pipe line and you can take pictures holding up the pipe line. A short... More 

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