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Gold Dredge 8

1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673
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I thought that this tour would be lame, but it was included in the Holland America Cruise and Land... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
Ok but don't expect to retire on your gold strike!

Interesting stories of how they dredged the land for gold, local mining history and Alaskan... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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  • Average7%
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1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I thought that this tour would be lame, but it was included in the Holland America Cruise and Land Package for the Yukon and Alaska. It really was a great tour. It started with a discussion of the Alaskan Pipeline, which we were standing underneath....More

Thank Caprdn
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Interesting stories of how they dredged the land for gold, local mining history and Alaskan pipeline visit and talk in the parking lot. Your bag of pay dirt you pan will have a few tiny flakes of gold supposedly worth $5-10 but they won't buy...More

Thank Bufmedstud
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited this site as part of our Holland America tour, the site had some interesting artifacts and the narrative of the site was clear for all to hear while on the small train ride to the main site. Part of the tour is gold...More

Thank GatorVictoria_BC
Reviewed 3 days ago

This tour picks you up at your hotel and takes you to the site. You then board a train and hear about the history of gold mining and panting. There is a singer and guitarist on the train and they are good about engaging the...More

Thank Katie s
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a great experience both for young and old. Board the train and be entertained from the start by a singer/ guitar player. The commentary on the train is good and the stops along the way help to establish the historic story line. We...More

Thank Lee D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

On our recent trip to Fairbanks, we wanted to learn more about the gold mining history of the area. This tour gives a good overview. The opportunity to pan for gold, while not super authentic, was still interesting and gave us the chance try try...More

Thank mmac19
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Cool train ride through the history of gold dredging. Very informative on how everything was done and the challenges they faced. When it came to panning for gold they sure made it looked easy. Needless to say I wouldn't have panned out back in those...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a wonderful tour. Lots of history. The pipeline is right there to see. They tell you a lot about it. The $75,000 Nugget is there for you to hold. The jewelry is all locally made in Fairbanks and sometimes you can meet the...More

Thank Rita B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Trip part of cruise. About 10 minute drive from downtown. You arrive, walk under the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline, board a narrow gauge train and ride to the dredge. On arrival there, you pan for gold. Everyone will get some gold, albeit a small amount. You can...More

Thank Larry B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Enjoy the train ride, history of dredge gold mining, panning for gold and the Alaskan Pipeline. All in one spot! Put this on your must do list.

Thank Joe B
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6 January 2017|
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Response from HappyTravlr18 | Reviewed this property |
We went in July. I am not sure if it is open in September. I suggest that you email them for their schedule and cancellation policy. It was both informative, fun and touristy. We were skeptical about going, but I definitely... More
27 August 2016|
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Response from Rick W | Reviewed this property |
U can purchase lockets with chains starting at $15-20 but they are not gold. The gold u get from dredging get are basically flakes not nuggets. Everyone is given a bag with pebbles , sand and hopefully gold . U go... More
Heather S
6 July 2016|
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Response from Tina C | Reviewed this property |
They talked a little about the leaves changing and said the best time to see that is late August into September.