Western Mining & Railroad Museum, Helper
Categories: History Museums, Museums
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.Use our Helper vacation generator to visit Western Mining & Railroad Museum on your trip to Helper, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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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... read more »
The new railroad section of the museum is a great addition to the existing exhibits. The staff has done a great job of telling the story of the railroad in Helper, and Carbon County with photos, stori... read more »
This small museum is loaded with old artifacts from the coal mine,railroad, medical office, general store. If you are in the area it is well worth the trip
As a current Railroader for Union Pacific Railroad and a former Employee of Denver & Rio Grande Railroad & Utah Railway, the original Equipment that was used that is on display such as the Jordan Spreader plow was operated by my Step Father Antonio Mascarenas, fasinating to see this equipment survive many years of use, can probably still be used if called upon.
Ruby Jo Anderson
I've started getting into the mining history of Utah and this museum has so much to offer in that respect. Plaques tell the story of about the outside equipment on display which is great because I had no idea what they were or how they were used. I'm also an old train buff because my Father worked for the railroad. These displays are fantastic.
So much interesting history. More than one visit is necessary.
I've been in there, and the Old Train Technology on display is Archaic! If your into Old History, or Old Technology, then it might be for you.
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