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Gold Dredge 8

1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673
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Cool day

Cool train ride through the history of gold dredging. Very informative on how everything was done... read more

Reviewed yesterday
David C
Hammond, Louisiana
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Best Mining in the state!

This is a wonderful tour. Lots of history. The pipeline is right there to see. They tell you a lot... read more

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Rita B
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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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1803 Old Steese Hwy N, Fairbanks, AK 99712-1014
+1 866-479-6673

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Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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 2 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
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were excited to learn this tour allowed you to be up close to the Trans Alaska Pipeline and to learn about its building. The engineering is phenomenal. Upon entering the train to go to the gold dredge we were treated to a gentleman playing...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was part of our tour with Holland America. The gentleman who plays the guitar was very entertaining and has an interesting personal story to tell, and the guide on the train was very knowledgeable. When we arrived, we were given a bag to pan....More

Thank caribbeantraveler91
Reviewed 5 days ago

Coming into Fairbanks for a 5-day mining history conference, we knew we would see other mines, but not other dredges, so we got reservations for No. 8. It might be considered a "tourist trap" but it is very well done. Lots of buses and cruise...More

Thank Johnny J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was an interesting tour to see how this discovery of gold changed the area. Great gift shop and staff is friendly and welcoming.

Thank Lisa D
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our visit combined two interesting features. The Alaska pipeline crosses the entrance to the train that carries passengers to the dredge. Exhibits include an open cross section of the pipe. Our tour began with a presentation about the construction of the pipeline. A well-known local...More

Thank redneckersson5
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The rail trip back to the gold dredge is fun and educational. Yukon Yonda is a great treat as she guides you through the panning process. All staff members were helpful. It is fun to have your gold made into a keepsake to take home.

Thank Pam B
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7 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.