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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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Awesome and Fun Experience!

We did the Gold Dredge 8 while in Alaska and it was awesome and fun! We learned so much about the history and were able to actually pan for gold. This is a must do if you are in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Burleson, Texas

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Burleson, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the Gold Dredge 8 while in Alaska and it was awesome and fun! We learned so much about the history and were able to actually pan for gold. This is a must do if you are in Fairbanks.

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

I am always finding new things to comment on on Trip Advisor so bit of a delay here! . As part of our first Alaska holiday from the United Kingdom a few years ago we went on this trip and although we can be wary of organised trips when on holiday my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. The... More 

1 Thank HotelinspectorSussex
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We went to the gold dredge with our family from Germany last summer and it's definitely a must see in this area. We had a blast. Also, the service was great, even after I confused the whole office there.... everyone stayed was nice and tried to help as much as possible

1 Thank SusiRuegland
Winnett, Montana
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Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Absolutely loved this experience! Have gone with my husband, son and his wife and again with my parents and teenage son! Had a blast both times! While waiting for everyone to board you are entertained by a wonderful gentleman who sings tells stories and is very personable. The trip itself is very informative of the early days of gold mining... More 

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Bridgewater, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

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 

1 Thank marypiano48
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

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 

1 Thank robert k
Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 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 

1 Thank JeanneBramer
Fairbanks, Alaska
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

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.

Thank Charles S
Fairbanks, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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.

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