Among the dirt, gravel and stones dredged from the bottom of Salt Creek, an unmistakable sparkle shone through.
A tiny flake of gold, no bigger than a speck, had risen to the top of the worthless rock.
Prospectors swirled the collection of stones and water in their pans, trying to get a better look. Most had been looking for gold for years and knew the telltale glitter and the way gold moved in the water. Without years of experience, you’d never notice the flake.
“You never know what’s going to show up in the pan,” said Ed Romine, a prospector out of Henryville. “There’s thrill in the unknown.”
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