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Yankee Fork Gold Dredge, Stanley

#12 of 14 in Things to do in Stanley
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Open Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day

Tours daily from 10 AM to 4:30 PM

Adults $5

Children 6-12 $1

The Yankee Fork Gold Dredge is located in the central mountains of Idaho on the Yankee Fork tributary of the Salmon River. The Yankee Fork is close to the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area. The nearest town, Stanley, is 22 miles from the dredge. Yankee Fork Dredge Aerial ViewIn 1939 the Silas Mason company out of New York was looking for a place to invest some money to help out the economy. After doing some surveying they picked Yankee Fork valley as a place to do some dredging for gold. It was estimated that there were 11 million dollars of gold to be had in the 5 1/2 mile claim. They then contracted with Bucyrus Erie to build the dredge. All the material came from Milwaukee by railway to the town Yankee Fork Dredge Aerial far of Mackay then loaded on trucks and made the difficult journey to the construction site.
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  • Missed it by one weekend. The dredge is open memorial to labor day. We did walk around and peaked inside. We'll be sure to visit when it is open next year.  more »
  • We planned on going there to fish the dredge ponds and ended up spending most of our time exploring the Ghost Town of Custer. We did eventually catch a few fish, but the history lesson was the...  more »
  • First time visiting this place. Was pretty cool to see and walk through this old dredge and be able to experience what they did to make this giant machine run. Was able to see the ghost town that is just up the road. Kids enjoyed everything and the tour guides get the children involved which made it fun for them. All in all the drive was scenic and the experience was fun.
  • An amazing piece of machinery! It was closed the day we went. The area there was beautiful and still plenty to see!

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