LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - You've probably heard it said before, there's no such thing as getting rich quick, but a convention in Longview this weekend may prove otherwise.
At Maude Cobb Convention Center, treasure hunters united to show off their riches in a past-time that many might have thought was long gone. It's a throwback to the 49er gold rush days. The allure is finding a fortune.
"When you can find one special place where you're able to actually research and locate it, then you have that small chance, that one in a million chance to find something," said event organizer Jeff Engemann. Some have found rare items right under their noses.
"I found a 1893 Hungarian coin in my backyard," said Henderson treasure hunter Suzanne Reed. The latest high tech equipment in metal detection and gold prospecting is on display along with hundreds of cases holding items like gold nuggets and rare coins. One man found a $12,000 dollar diamond ring. Prospectors say only a fraction of the earths gold has been found.
"The trick to finding gold is to go where gold has been found before," said gold prospector Don Brisendine. "You can actually start out prospecting for gold with nothing more than a gold pan. That's what we're out here doing is showing people how to pan and getting people interested in the hobby." For some its a hobby, but for others, a chance at a dream.
"Everybody's searching for that one mother load of a find," said Reed.