Western Mining & Railroad Museum, Helper

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#55 of 62 in Museums in Utah
The Western Mining and Railroad Museum is located in the small town of Helper, Utah, two hours southeast of Salt Lake City, named so because of the engines required to help the trains climb the steep grades to Soldier Summit. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad established the town when the railroad came through the area and coal, that was needed to fuel the steam engines, was found. By 1891 the depot, roundhouse and a hotel were built and the town was beginning. As more coal mines were opened it became the railroad center and the "hub" for coal miners and their families from the many mining camps. The camps were full of European and Asian immigrants and some of them came into Helper to build the town. This is the story told by the Western Mining and Railroad Museum.
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  • November 26, 2016
    My husband and I stopped by for about an hour today and wandered through the many rooms. They seem to have quite a collection of late 19th to mid-20th century artifacts. Suggested donation is $5/perso...  more »
  • October 26, 2016
    This is one great reason to visit the town of Helper. What a fabulous museum. You can, and will spend a long, long time here, as there's room after room of American History to view. Best of all? It's ...  more »
  • September 23, 2016
    A large building in downtown Helper provides a 'huge slice' of Helper history. Thanks to a donation of an old hotel and a recent addition, they have room to display a vast number of local artifacts. I...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Nice little museum in downtown Helper. As you come in you are greeted by the museum curators who are more than happy to answer your questions. The museum seems to be in a period of transition. Some of the rooms are in a bit of disarray or not complete all the way. Check out the exhibits outside as well to learn more about railroad history in Helper and Price. Free exhibits are also behind the museum as you come into helper. There is a donation box as you come in payable by cash or check.
  • July 3, 2017
    Very nice little museum. I was surprised by the number and quality of displays, and there were some very nice paintings as well in the gallery room. I look forward to visiting again.
  • June 8, 2017
    Great place to visit. It has four floor. It has from mining, railroad, hospital, denstery, old time kitchen, many other thing to see. Stop by to see.....
  • May 21, 2017
    Good collection of mining equipment and info about the mining operations around the area. Large exhibit of mining machinery located outdoors adjacent to the museum.
  • June 16, 2017
    Loved it and especially the new railroad exhibits.

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