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El Dorado Gold Mine

Sandi McKenna
As part of Prince Cruises #FollowMeAtSea Alaska Twitter trip, we took an excursion to the Eldorado Gold Mine to do a little panning for gold. Our tour was conducted by a Fiddle playing conductor who entertained us with songs and a wonderful narration of the history of the Alaskan gold rush. The Eldorado Gold Mine employs a colorful cast of characters who showed us how to pan for gold. Once you see a few of the shiny nuggets in your pan, it doesn’t take long to catch “Gold Fever”. We could have sold our gold back to the mining company, but instead opted to purchase a necklace with a glass locket displaying the gold chips we panned. On the way back to the lodge, we saw some of the state’s modern day gold – the 800 mile long Alaska Pipeline! Nearly 500,000 barrels of oil pass through the pipeline each day. We saw the pipeline near it’s halfway point at the 450 mile marker.