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Review of Gold Dredge 8

Gold Dredge 8
Ranked #8 of 53 Tours in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 13, 2013

This was an informative and interesting attraction but the big store to buy things at the end was pretty much the point of it. We did learn about the Alyeska (alaska) pipeline and about panning for gold. The bag of dirt with a few gold flakes in it that we got was likely really worth about 50 cents if anything at all. However, they told us they were worth $9 & $12 so we would spend $50 to put the flakes in a necklace. Not buying. For kids the train ride and the gold panning was fun but a lot of the talking was boring for them. I really liked meeting the woman who was an original gold panner and still dredging for gold. She had a great story and lots of big pieces of gold she found worn as jewelry. Snack of cookies and hot chocolate or coffee was provided. Generally an enjoyable experience. I would recommend this attraction but mostly for the educational value.

Thank SejaJ13
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

For 39 dollars, this is cracking good value. On arrival there is a succinct and very informative presentation on the Alyeska pipeline, a piece of which is right there. Then, it's on to a little train and off on a short trip, stopping to view various gold mining scenarios. The on board commentary strikes just the right note and although it is delivered twice a day, it does not feel stale. Everyone receives a bag of dirt and instruction from Yukon Yonda on how to pan for gold. It's all under cover and there are lots of terribly bright, keen young people on hand to help. The dredge itself is an interesting piece of machinery and again, there are folk on hand to answer any questions. Having found your gold, you can have it weighed and if you want, have it preserved as a necklace or charm. It's all very twee and awfully good fun. I was all on my own and had a ball. I could have stayed all day!

Thank Catherine N
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We enjoyed learning how to pan for gold; all the staff was very friendly and helpful. Enjoy the stories and learning about the gold mines. We loved that all the staff came out to say & wave goodbye to our group as we left the gold dredge.

Thank Carol M
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

had a great time. Excellent, friendly, and knowledgeable staff. From the pipeline, to the train, to the dredge, everything was fun.

Thank apprezzarevita
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Educational, interesting , and fun. This was part of our tour so we didn't really choose this option, but we did enjoy ourselves. Everything was we well organized. The little train was enjoyable while we heard the history of gold mining in the ara. We had a chance to pan for gold. If you follow the instruction provided you will find gold. If you don't follow instruction they help you anyway-LOL! They have a great gift shop and a very friedly & informative staff.
Just as an aside- this is located along the Alaska Pipeline and provides a great opportunity for some up close photos.

Thank Susan W
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