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September 3-5, 2017



In Fairbanks we toured an old gold mine facility where our tour guide was a prospector.  Carol and I dredged for gold but unfortunately our net total was $13.  We ended up donating our wealth of gold to a little girl who was having a locket made.  She was thrilled.

In the afternoon we went on a riverboat to watch float planes come and go.  We also watched mushers work and play.  We learned about the smoke fish process and toured an old Indian  village.


Main port photo for Fairbanks

Established by the discovery of gold by Felix Pedro in 1902, Fairbanks is located in the Tanana Valley of Alaska's interior. In the early 20th century, sternwheelers carried settlers and miners along the Chena and Tanana Rivers as they do for visitors today. The second-largest city in Alaska, Fairbanks is named the '''Golden Heart City'' for its historical and modern gold industries and for its central location. The city serves as the hub of the region known as Alaska's Interior. In the summer, visitors and residents alike enjoy nearly 24 hours of light daily. Visitors have many choices in Fairbanks. Experience Fairbanks' rich Gold Rush history via sternwheeler, or visit one of the region's many gold mines. The Arctic Circle and the Yukon River are just a short flight away.

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Flowers at the Princess Riverside Lodge in Fairbanks

Gold Dredge # 8

We took an excursion that included a visit to the Alaskan Pipeline, the Tanana Valley Railroad and an old Gold Dredge.

Lou and Carol bond with an old prospector at the gold dredge.

The Alaska Pipeline

An inside view of the pipeline cleaner

Mush, Lou, mush!!

Lou is seen here with a cutout of Susan Butcher who was was an American dog musher. In 1986, she was the second woman to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She was the second four-time winner in 1990, and the first to win four out of five sequential years. She was originally from Cambridge, MA.


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