This enormous gravel-eating, rock-crushing machine operated from 1928 to 1959 during Fairbanks' second gold rush. While the earlier gold rushes involved smaller mining operations, the mining of later years was done with large dredges operated by companies such as the Fairbanks Exploration Company.
The Fairbanks Exploration Company operated eight dredges in the Fairbanks area between 1928 and 1958. During its 30 years of operation, Gold Dredge #8 took in approximately seven million ounces of gold from Goldstream and Engineer Creeks. Now located nine miles north of Fairbanks on the Old Steese Highway, the dredge was designated a National Historic District by the U.S. National Park Service.
Photo captured September 10, 2015.
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