Hidee Gold Mine,
Lower Russell Gulch
Gilpin County, CO
The mine was originally located in 1896
and was first accessed by a shaft atop the ridge.
The vein has been worked intermittently from then
until present time. In the early 1980's, mine owner
Charles "Choppo" Fetterhoff, a long time
miner in the region, decided to re access the shaft
via walk-in adit and give educational tours to grade
schools, universities and mineralogists.
Choppo continued to work at the
mine with his friend and business partner Ed Lewandowski
until 1995 when after a long and colorful career
in the mines of Clear Creek and Gilpin County he
passed away leaving the operation of the Hidee in
the hands of his friend Mr. Lewandowski.
The educational legacy of the Hidee began by "Choppo"
in the 1980's continues today as we still give tours,
work the vein, and explain the regions geology,
mineralogy and history. Ore produced has been valued
as high as 7.90 ounces gold, 14.60 ounces silver
and 9.60% copper per ton. Assays of mine samples
have been as high as 112 ounces gold per ton, 20
ounces silver and 16.5% copper per ton!
The Hidee sits in the heart of the Virginia Canyon
- Glory Hole Area, reputed to be the richest square
mile on Earth. Specimen quality Pyritic gold ore
is the principal product. The mines in this area
all told produced more than $5 billion (2012 gold
value) in gold and silver since 1859.
The mine is presently being operated by Mark Greaves
and Chris Stone of Hidee Gold Mine Tours LLC with
the advice and help from their long time mentor