Good afternoon fellow enthusiast! I've always been intrigued with gold prospecting for many, many years. I've never seen any of the reality shows and really don't know a lot. I panned once on the Arkansas River and found after 8 hours with an experienced guy that it was a helluva lot of work for $60 worth of gold. Recently though, I have come in possession of a piece of property that I found out has a lot of history. See this piece of property was the dumping grounds for the "tailings" of a large gold mine ran by a big company....in the early 1900's. There is literally somewhere in the neighborhood of 200,000 yards of sand, dust and dirt. I knew what it was but never thought anything of it as we are going to level the property. Well we brought a water truck in to keep the dust down and it had a leak. After washing away the dust and the dirt, there was just a pile of gravel. I looked down and saw this shinny little spec.....low and behold...I STRUCK GOLD! Hehehe! So just for poops and giggles, I grabbed a sandwich bag, turned it inside out reached down and filled it with this gravel/sand/dirt..... a sandwich bag, you know 6" x 6" sandwich bag. Well after playing with a pan and literally picking every little piece I could get a hold of, I end up with the below pic. You still look at the remaining sand/dirt/dust and there are still little sparkles. My question is this: after everything I have read, I just don't know if I should invest anything more than time? The industry to me just seems like one that every scam artist in the world would love a piece of, then you see items with "Magic" and "Huge" and all these words to make it sound easy and get quick rich thoughts and I know....it's not! If I could find a machine to separate the fine dust and was 50% positive I could make my money back over time doing it after work for a couple of hours a day, I would invest in it. I just don't know enough and really am not a big believer in get rich quick schemes...... but I also do see a possible opportunity that with a little guidance, it may be worth some effort. Any thoughts would greatly be appreciated!