Virtual Guidebook to the Northern Yukon Territory
Gold Dredge Number 4 National Historic Site of Canada
Bonanza Creek, near Dawson City in the Klondike mining district Yukon Territory, Canada




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Built in 1913 and abandoned when it stopped being profitable in 1959, Gold Dredge Number 4 was adopted by Parks Canada

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Gold Dredge Number 4, its renovation nearing completion, is now a National Historic Site of Canada

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Tours of Gold Dredge Number 4 take one inside this huge machine

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Looking out the back of the dredge at the stacker, which swung back and forth disposing of the washed gravels

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The trommel is a huge rotating screen that separates coarse material from fine and begins the process of sifting it for gold

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The huge gold dredges ran on electricty, with many large electric motors, gears and pulleys

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Parks Canada interpreter Sue Taylor showed me around Gold Dredge Number 4

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The control room of Gold Dredge Number 4, with huge levers, rheostats, and radiators to disperse excess heat

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It was in the sluice boxes or shaker trays that the gold was separated from the sand and gravel

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The bucketline that dug up the earth and brought it into the dredge, still under renovation

(August 29, 2010)


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