Fire Destroys Historic Alaska Gold Dredge

Fire has destroyed a historic gold dredge north of Fairbanks.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- Fire has destroyed a historic gold dredge north of Fairbanks.
Gold Dredge No. 3, across from the Chatanika Lodge on the Steese Highway, was one of about 10 such mammoth placer mining machines remaining in Interior Alaska. It was owned by the Fairbanks Exploration Company and began operating in 1935. Lodge owner Shirley Franklin said the fire began Saturday afternoon when two men came running in to say that they'd accidentally started the fire when they pulled a pulley and apparently caused a spark. A cook at the lodge ran across the highway with a 5-gallon bucket of water, but by then it was too late. The wooden parts of the dredge smoldered into the evening.