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.Arrange your visit to Western Mining & Railroad Museum and discover more family-friendly attractions in Helper using our Helper trip tool .
Western Mining & Railroad Museum Reviews
4 floors of history of the town and the area. Mining, railroading, and more. All sorts of artifacts, displays, and documents. Didn't expect to spend as long as we did. Friendly and helpful staff. Free... more »
My lil guys loved seeing all the equipment. We enjoyed walking around and looking at how mining was done back in the day. more »
Love the changing of exibts. Always worth the visit. Jason is always very welcoming. Love Helper Main Street.
The most charming feature of this eclectic collection is the effort put into its presentation. Many of the rooms are arranged to help visitors feel what it might have been like to be in a mine, or in a jail, or in a general store. The sheer amount of artifacts and information present here may overwhelm some, but to me it simply encourages more visits to an interesting and authentic museum that captures the history of Helper.
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