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El Dorado Gold Mine
This is the second time the two RV Gypsies have been to the El Dorado Gold Mine, but the first time for their family.
On the way to El Dorado Gold Mine, a quick stop was made at the Alaska pipeline.
grandchildren
the family at the Alaska pipeline
sign - ElDororado Gold Mine
sign - ElDororado Gold Mine
the ElDoraodo Train Station
the train is coming around the corner

history bookThe original Tanana Valley Railroad served over two dozen gold camps scattered throughout Interior Alaska in the early 1900s. Supplies arrived in Alaska on vessels that traveled from Seattle to the mouth of the Yukon River. Freight was then transferred to sternwheelers, which hauled it up the Yukon and Tanana Rivers to Interior Alaska. From there the Tanana Valley Railroad carried supplies to the gold camps.

 
The adventure at El Dorado Gold Mine began with a ride on a replica of the Tanana Valley Railroad near some of the original rail routes. The two RV Gypsies and their family boarded the train station and enjoyed a short narrated journey to the mine.
Here comes the train
the seating section of the train
The conductor and commentator was Earl Hughes, who provided lively commentary as everyone learned about mining from actual working hands at sites along the way. Earl has sung back-up for Johnny Cash. His father was also famous.
Earl Hughes
The journey went through a permafrost tunnel where a miner with a head lamp and pick-axe gave an explanation of underground mining in days gone by. While inside the tunnel, the kinds of mineral and rock formations that tend to produce the most gold were seen.
rock formations in the tunnel
a gold miner educates us
a gold miner demonstration
a gold miner demonstration
After a short course in gold mining, everyone grabbed their own poke which was filled with pay dirt right out of a sluice box and then everyone tried their hand at panning for gold. Everyone found gold. It is guaranteed! But most people paid more for the experience than what the gold they found was worth. LOL
sign - if it Can't be grown, It's gotta be mined
water from the mountain bringing dowm the dirt and gold
the sleuth
the sleuth
the sleuth
the sleuth
Once the gold was panned, everyone entered the Cook Shack to have the gold weighed and find out the dollar value based on the current market price of gold. Then everyone could choose and purchase the perfect keepsake locket for their gold (if they chose to). A 14K gold necklace or earring lockets can be made with the gold while you wait. It only takes a moment. The two RV Gypsies and their family did not get very much gold after all their hard work, but they enjoyed the experience.
Kristen, Renee, Alex, and Lee
Below: Alex and Karen holding a big gold nugget worth $40,000 - NO, it is NOT one that they panned and they do NOT get to keep it ! BUMMER!
Alex
Alex holding a 19 ounce nugget
Karen holding a 19 ounce nugget
the Eldorado Gold mine Building
the Eldorado Gold mine Building
outside the Eldorado Gold mine Building
Below: A very large cabbage
a very large cabbage
a very large cabbage

Menu for the two RV Gypsies in Fairbanks, Alaska
August 1 - 5, 2009
You may visit these five (5) sites in any order you choose.

Georgeson Botanical Gardens

Pioneer Park

Riverboat Discovery Cruise and an Athabaskan Fish Camp

El Dorado Gold Mine and a $40,000 gold nugget

Fairbanks, bowl carving, old cars, family

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go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies in AlaskaAFTER you have viewed all five (5) sections above, please continue on to Chena Hot Springs, horseback riding, the Ice Museum/Hotel and more.