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Gold Dredge 8

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Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
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08:00 - 17:00
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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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Gold Dredge 8

We had not planned to visit Gold Dredge 8 but one of the owners of the bed and breakfast where we stayed outside of Fairbanks worked there. We mentioned that we wanted to see the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Bridgewater, Virginia

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Bridgewater, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had not planned to visit Gold Dredge 8 but one of the owners of the bed and breakfast where we stayed outside of Fairbanks worked there. We mentioned that we wanted to see the Alaskan Pipeline and he said that we could see it at Gold Dredge 8. Gold Dredge was very interesting. We learned about mining for gold... More 

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very educational tour of how gold was dredged , and how to pan for gold with and added kick of actually finding enough gold to keep the kids interested (and us adult's!) the staff was awesome in helping to show you the proper way to separate the silt from the gold.Also kudos's to the gentleman who entertained... More 

Thank robert k
Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We lived in Fairbanks for 5 years & every time we had visitors in the summer I brought them here! I probably have done this 4-5 times - and loved it every time! You learn about the Alaska pipeline & can see it. Then you take a train ride to the gold dredge - that is exactly where it is... More 

Thank JeanneBramer
Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating tour through Dredge #8. 26 miles of dredge tailings were left down the valley. You get to pan for gold and can keep it or get it weighed and use it to purchase something in the great gift shop. This is a must see stop while in Fairbanks.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Ride a train, learn about Fairbanks' gold rush history and pan for your own gold (in heated water). Gold Dredge 8's staff are friendly and helpful. This experience with well worth the time out of your day. Plus, everyone is guaranteed to find some gold in their pan!

Thank Barbara M
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

We visited whilst on a Princess Cruises tour. We learnt about the Alaskan pipeline before jumping on the little train to see and hear about the gold dredge. We then learnt how to pan with gold. It was a fun morning.

Thank kaz747
Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Visiting the Gold Dredge was included in our tour package. We were not sure what to expect.. Everything is so well planned and laid out, Events are coordinated and there are plenty of folks to answer questions. We were on this little train and were entertained by a talented singer that reminded us of Johnny Cash. He was good and... More 

Thank Carol S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The narrated tour showing the Alaska pipeline and the history of gold mining in the area was very interesting. especially the live demonstrations of some of the mining techniques. Panning for gold, with welcome assistance from the staff, was fun and we got to take home our gold where it can be seen in a necklace/locket. The fresh baked cookies... More 

Thank ConstantTravelers
East Central FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

From the gold panning to the gift shop and the train ride up and back this trip was great. After a short train ride (with entertainment and a history lesson) we got to the land locked dredge. Once there we panned for gold (and found $39 worth of the metal) and wandered around the dredge and )of course) the gift... More 

Thank L M
West Grove, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We rode a narrow gauge railroad around the property as the guide explained the whole gold mining industry. By the time we got to the gold dredge and buildings we had a good idea of the gold mining process. It was so much fun panning for the gold ourselves. My husband and I got $23 in our pans. Others got... More 

Thank Dale S

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