Gold Panning in Fairbanks
Alaskan Prospectors. The gold information center for Interior Alaska, this is the oldest mining and prospecting supply store in the state. Stop here for gold pans and books or videos, or to visit the rocks and minerals museum. Employees have valuable advice for the neophyte gold bug. 504 College Rd., Fairbanks, AK, 99701. 907/452–7398. Closed Sun.
Gold Dredge 8. From the comfort of a narrow-gauge railroad, Gold Dredge 8 offers a two-hour tour of a seasonal mining operation. Miners demonstrate classic and modern techniques, after which visitors get to try their luck panning for gold. Many historic elements from the old El Dorado Gold Mine have been transported here, so a tour provides a fairly complete look at how Fairbanks got rich. 1803 Old Steese Hwy. N, Fairbanks, AK, 99709. 907/479–6673 or 866/479–6673. www.golddredge8.com. $39.95. Mid-May–mid-Sept., tours daily at 10:30 and 1:45.
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