Gold Dredge No. 8
Gold Stream Valley 1928 - 1959
— National Historic Mechancial Engineering Landmark —
Dredging became possible in the 1920's after the United States Melting, Refining and Mining Company (USSR&M) brought water to the area via the 90-mile Davidson Ditch. The dredge was built by Bethlehem Steel's Shipbuilding Division in Pennsylvania and assembled in the Fox area in 1928. It operated each year until 1959.
Erected 1986 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers. (Marker Number 83.)
Location. 64° 56.276′ N, 147° 39.193′ W. Marker is in Fairbanks, Alaska, in Fairbanks North Star Borough. Marker can be reached from Old Steese Highway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11755 Old Steese Highway, Fairbanks AK 99712, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
More about this marker. The marker is attached to one of the steel buckets displayed adjacent to the gold dredge. It is located just to the right of the gang-way to board the dredge.
Regarding Gold Dredge No. 8. A preserved example of a historical gold dredge as employed world-wide to mechanically extract gold from a stream-bed. Also known as a 'placer dredge.' These dredges were an efficient and economical means of extracting large quantities of gold (and other ores) from steams.
The dredge is open to the public and tours are available for a small fee.
Also see . . . Gold Dredge No.8. Come to Fairbanks. The Gold Dredge website. (Submitted on December 23, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2020. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2019, by Thomas Fehring of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on January 8, 2020, by Thomas Fehring of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Photos: 1. submitted on December 23, 2019, by Thomas Fehring of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. 2, 3. submitted on December 22, 2019, by Thomas Fehring of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.