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Gold Dredge 8

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Address: 1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712
Phone Number: +1 866-479-6673
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00

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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Interesting look at history

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Perth, Australia
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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
Upper Hutt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I really enjoyed this trip which had heaps more than just panning for gold. Well organized with a friendly knowelgable guide - all on a train. Very welcome cup of hot chocolate on our trip through the gift shop, whilst we waited to see how much gold we had collected - a total of $25 between the 2 of us... More 

Thank maureen55
Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Didn't get rich, but it was fun panning for gold. The train ride to the mine was just as much fun, as they had several areas where people were demonstrating how the gold mining worked back in the day. We also stopped for a demonstration on how to pan for gold. If you don't get enough gold from the first... More 

Thank gcolli55
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

While this may not be an active gold mine in the classic sense, make no mistake, this place is still a gold mine. Gold Dredge 8 does a good job of showing visitors what it was like as a prospector and fortune hunter back in the day. They both explain and show videos of how things were ran when this... More 

Thank brewcity77
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We booked this tour to add to our Alaska experience. We had a great time learning about panning gold. We really enjoyed the end of the tour when we panned our own gold. The staff was very friendly and helpful all the way through from the panning to the making of the jewelry. Would definitely recommend the tour!

Thank Angela B
Papillion, Nebraska, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

When you get there you will board an open air train and hear a narrative about the area and dredging. You'll stop at 2 points to get a demonstration of how things were done years ago, then stop by the large building used for dredging and hear the history of the place. On you go then to the stop where... More 

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