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“This is a piece of alaskan Gold Rush ”
Review of Gold Dredge 8

Gold Dredge 8
Ranked #14 of 62 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 27, 2014 via mobile

If you appreciate the old methods of digging gold and working with crazy simple but huge machinery, then you will be marveled by this project.

It starts with the oil rush and then gradually moves to Gold rush in a family operated Actual gold mine. The train ride throughout the vicinity is pretty nice and then the actual activity of panning gold just makes your time worthwhile.

My wife ended up getting a decent amount of gold in the actual sandpit and then we converted it into small gold pendant and inserted into her pandora bracelet.

It was awesome activity and piece of history shared together !!!

Must do when in or around Fairbanks ....

Thank Harry37NewYorkCity
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Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

A must see if in Fairbanks. It could be a little shorter. You spend half of the time in their gift shop area. It's interesting to see how the gold for dug out. You even get to pan your very own gold to keep.

Thank JohnluvsAK
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was a very relaxing tour. We heard a very interesting talk about the pipeline (which you actually walk under and can touch) as well as the history of gold mining at that sight. We had been to Prudhoe Bay (origin of the pipeline) and were very interested in seeing the pipe up that close. There's a short train ride through various procedures in the gold mining process that at one time took place at the location. You get to pan for gold and keep what you find. It's all in the technique. My wife got $24 worth and I got only $12. I think I washed most of mine away in the panning process. We combined the gold "strike" and had the gold put into a bracelet right there on site. They will put your gold into earrings, etc if you want them to do so. Of course theres is a charge for that, but what better memento from Alaska than gold you actually panned and can wear. The tour was well worth the price and we had a 2 for 1 coupon from the Toursaver booklet which made it even better.
I would recommend this tour .

Thank Vincent Z
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

Really a cool place to visit with the family. We avoided all of the other little gold sifting activities in cities along our cruise waiting for this one in Fairbanks. The train takes you by older mining equipment and then you actually get to pan for gold. My sons were excited when they learned that they got to keep what they mined. They weigh it and give you an estimation as the worth of your efforts. This was an experience that my kids will remember for a long time.

Thank Kswany
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

If you're looking for a fun afternoon that is surrounded by excellent hospitality then this is for you. The tour begins with a very informative presentation about the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and then continues with a train adventure that takes you to see historical gold mining techniques. The big event is seeing the gold dredge and learning how to pan for gold. You can pan for your own gold and there is staff very ready and willing to help you along the way--in fact, hospitality seems to be a huge strength of this attraction. After you finish panning they will weigh and tell you the value of the gold that you found (my sister found $34... I found $6) and then you can spend some time touring the gold dredge, enjoy some complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and cookies, and visit the gift shops on the premises. The trip concludes with a train ride back to the parking area with excellent narration along the way. Oh, and there is a guy who plays guitar and sings while waiting for the trains to depart. I wasn't sure what to expect but this turned out to be a fantastic afternoon. I highly recommend checking Gold Dredge #8 out -- you'll have the time of your life!

1  Thank RPCyclone
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