ALASKA

August 8, 2009

Bus tour #27 from Fairbanks to Gold Dredge #8

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Alaska Pipeline

Saturday, August 8, 2009. 205 miles from Fairbanks to Tok. This begins the long bus trek through the inner reaches of Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Our first stop included the Alaska Pipeline and then on to Gold Dredge #8 for some old iron photos and gold panning. I think the only gold that was panned was tourist’s gold. 🙂

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint is located at Milepost F 8.4 on the Steese Highway just outside Fairbanks. This 48 inch pipeline carries oil 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Ocean to the pipeline terminal at Port Valdez. Construction began in 1975 and finished in 1977. The first tanker load of oil shipped out of Valdez on Aug. 1, 1977. Travel time for the crude oil from Prudhoe Bay to the Valdez terminal is 8 1/2 days, with more than 9 million barrels of oil in the pipeline at any given time. The pipeline is owned and operated by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Unocal and Koch Alaska.

Travel guzzards visiting the Alaska Pipeline

Travel guzzards visiting the Alaska Pipeline

The PIG that cleans the pipe line.

The PIG that cleans the pipe line.

The pipe that flows the liquid gold.

The pipe that flows the liquid gold.

Earthquake resistant mounting system.

Earthquake resistant mounting system.

Photo by Annie

Photo by Annie




Gold Dredge #8

Described as either a floating workhorse or a mechanical gold pan, Gold Dredge No. 8 extracted millions of ounces of gold from the frozen Alaskan ground. Today, the Gold Dredge No. 8 National Historic District serves as a monument to the hard working miners who built Fairbanks.

Our next stop was a visit to Gold Dredge #8

Our next stop was a visit to Gold Dredge #8

Gold Dredge #8

Gold Dredge #8

This is the bucket line for incoming gravel.

This is the bucket line for incoming gravel.

The Bow Gantry

The Bow Gantry

Electrical Instrumentation

Electrical Instrumentation

Control Levers

Control Levers

The Buckets

The Buckets

Electrical Controls

Electrical Controls

The Gearworks

The Gearworks

The Washing Trommel

The Washing Trommel

W.T. Motor Driver with paper pulley

W.T. Motor Driver with paper pulley

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The complete hoist works.

A huge motor drives the hoist system.

A huge motor drives the hoist system.

Belt driven and the winch is clutch controlled.

Belt driven and the winch is clutch controlled.

Wash Water Centrifugal Pump

Wash Water Centrifugal Pump

Dredge tour complete, now for some gold!

Dredge tour complete, now for some gold!

Spare parts - is iron worth more than gold?

Spare parts - is iron worth more than gold?

Outside Gold Dredge #8

Outside Gold Dredge #8

I found the iron more interesting than gold.

I found the old iron more interesting than gold.


Now let’s get down to why we are here. Pan gold, SELL gold.

Demonstration: how to pan for gold.

Demonstration: how to pan for gold.

The washed rocks.

The washed rocks.

The remaining gold.

The remaining gold.

Gold was weighed and placed into a locket.

Gold was weighed and placed into a locket.

Afterward, a lunch of miner's stew was served.

Afterward, a lunch of miner's stew was served.

The bus driver's cockpit.

The bus driver's cockpit.

Our mode of transportation.

Our mode of transportation.

Roadway moose alert! Too late for the stew!

Roadway moose alert! Too late for the stew!




Moving on down the road, we stopped at Rika’s Roadhouse. (Tourist trap complete with coffee, potty stop and gift shoppe.). The Valdez-to-Fairbanks trail brought travelers to the banks of the Tanana River, where they crossed by ferry. Rika’s Roadhouse at Big Delta State Historical Park was restored in the late 1970’s by the state of Alaska and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Rika's Roadhouse

Rika's Roadhouse

Another passing of the Alaska Pipeline.

Another passing of the Alaska Pipeline.

Ye olde homestead.

Ye olde homestead.

Ye olde outhouse!

Ye olde outhouse!

Ye olde transportation.

Ye olde transportation.

Midnight sun gardens grow very well.

Midnight sun gardens grow very well.


Next page, we arrive at our motel in Tok, Alaska.

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