Serious prospecters shell out lots of money for equipment, such as this highbanker, which can filter out gold at an industrial pace.
Gerald Divelbiss digs soil out from along the Arkansas River. The rocks and dirt hide the gold.
Ambitious prospectors can spend a lot of money on equipment, such as this highbanker that filters gold from the rocks at an industrial pace.
The basic technology of gold prospecting, the pan, has changed little in the 150 years since Colorado's first gold rush.
Howard Divelbiss pans for gold along the Arkansas River, showing the tiny flake of color he found.
Howard Divelbiss points to the fruits of an hour's work: a tiny flake of gold.
Brothers Gerald, left, and Howard Divelbiss show the fruit of an hour's work prospecting along the Arkansas River: a single flake of gold.
It's all for this: A flake of gold the miners missed more than a century ago.