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“Three events in one”
Review of Gold Dredge 8

Gold Dredge 8
Ranked #7 of 56 Tours in Fairbanks
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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 September 23, 2013

This is really three sites. The first is a section of the Alaska Pipeline. A cutaway section show how it works and a little about what it took to build it. The second part was a train ride with stops to explain the gold mining process in Alaska. Finally you get to the Dredge where you get to pan for gold and keep what you find. Makes a great souvenier. Gift shop has free coffee and cookies (worth more than the gold I panned to me). You can walk through the dredge and get some idea what was involved. Most of our group didn't realize you could so spent most of their time in the gift shop. Educational and fun.

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Reviewed September 20, 2013

This was sort of a late addition to our Alaskan itinerary, but it was actually kind of fun. The best part is learning how to pan for gold, which took us a few tries to get the hang of it, but then it's kind of cool when you start to see the gold flakes. We came away with $33 worth of gold, which is now enclosed in a little locket my wife bought. It's a tad cheesy, but it was worth seeing my wife get excited about it.

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Part of our package and looked forward to the tour. The train ride was the best part and that was just OK.

Thank JoyceS52
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This excursion was included as part of our Land/Sea cruise. I thought it was well done. Got to see a little of the Alaskan pipeline and how it functions. The mining operation was very impressive in its day. The original dredge is still present and one can walk through parts of it. The talks were also good.

Thank ThomasandKay
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Six of us took the trip in the afternoon after the paddleboat trip.Both were included in our Princess trip, so I do not know the cost. Did not know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised at the historical information regarding the goldrush days and how they thawed the permafrost and dredged massive amounts of subsoil.

Panned for gold as could be expected.My wife and I made $21 in dust. They try to get you to place the dust in a locket for additional money. We also saw the Alaska pipeline which is exposed here. Was worth the trip.

Thank Ed S
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