Heritage Week 2008
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The Hub Of Carbon County...|
Founded in 1881, the City of Helper was named for the "helper"
locomotives that were needed to push the heavy coal trains over the steep
As the town began to grow, scores of immigrants
moved to Helper to find the American Dream toiling on the railroad and in
the nearby coal mines. The largest of the groups came from Italy, followed
closely by the Greeks and the Yugoslavians. Helper soon became known as
the town of 29 varieties -- even though there was giant "57" on
the hill which referenced the steak sauce's commercials. Those immigrants
have left behind a legacy that still flavors the City of Helper, Utah. Helper's
Historic Main Street is listed on the National Historic Register preserving
it's unique heritage.
Today, Helper, Utah is a thoroughly modern
city boasting a population of nearly 2,000 people. Helper offers visitors
and permanent residents numerous business and recreational opportunities
Heritage Week 2008 ( June 2-7 )...|
In 2006, Helper was voted as the #10 True Western
Town! In 2007, we became the #1 Top Ten True Western Town. Due mainly to
the Western Mining & Railroad
Museum, Heritage Week
and the Balanced
Rock Regulators. Come and see what makes us #1 and help us celebrate
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 - "Ghost Towns by
Dusk." @ 7PM
A guided driving tour and preview of SueAnn Martell's next book, Coal
Camps of Eastern Utah through the area ghost towns. Stay until dark
for some scary (but true!) local ghost stories. Admission is by donation.
Caravan starts at the Western Mining & Railroad Museum.
Thursday, June 5, 2008 - "2nd Annual Bordello Ball"
Come celebrate Helper's unique past with the 2nd Annual Bordello Ball. The
event features a sit down dinner, lecture by Utah outlaw and lawman historian
Joel Frandsen, and a live auction. All proceeds benefit the Western Mining
& Railroad Museum Expansion Project.
Advanced tickets are required - $25 per person or $45 per couple.
Old West-style costumes are encouraged. Don't worry tenderfeet, no dancing
is involved, but we guarantee you will have a "ball!"
Photos of some of the Bordello Ball Auction items are here...
Carbon County Photo Quilt - Handmade Front - 392k
Carbon County Photo Quilt - Handmade Back & Closeup of an "inset"
Quilt - Handmade from the butts of jeans - 272k
Rosary #1 - Handmade from Paua Shells - 156k
Rosary #2 - Handmade - 216k
Friday, June 6 - "1st Annual Helper Model Railroad
@ Noon-7pm & Saturday, June 7 @ 9AM - 6PM
The Ophir Tintic Model Railroad Club displays their model setups from tiny
"N" scale and some "HO" scale! At the Helper Civic Auditorium.
Friday, June 6 - "Old West Evening Outdoors"
Famed local Helper band Hillbilly Voodoo and Old West Entertainment at the Main
Street Park Stage (next to the Post Office). Bring your lawn chairs or blanket.
Food available for sale. Admission is free.
Saturday, June 7, 2008 - "Old West Chuckwagon Breakfast"
@ 8AM - 10PM
At the Balance Rock Eatery - 148 South Main Street,
Saturday, June 7, 2008 - Family Heritage Day @ 10AM - 4PM
Guided Museum tours!
Old West shootouts by the Balanced Rock Regulators!
Mining safety demonstrations by West Ridge Coal Mine at Main Street Park!
"Exploring Castle Country - The Immigrants of Carbon County" traveling
from the University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections at the
Old Time photographs with "real" outlaws!
Food & Vendors' Row! Helper Merchants' Sidewalk Sale!
Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Saturday, June 7, 2008 @ 2:30-5PM - Bordello Bed Race
Come see some of Utah's fastest themed Racing Bordello
Beds and Teams compete down Helper's Main Street.
Admission to most events is free, but donations
are appreciated. Turn of the century costumes are encouraged at all events,
but not required.
Events subject to change. Keep checking back for
a current schedule of events.
Click here for the Detailed Schedule of
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Click here for a free download
of the 2008 poster! (1.9Megabyte Hi Resolution version.)
Helper is brimming with culture, activities
and adventure. Spend some time exploring the Western Mining & Railroad Museum. Take a tour of
ghost towns. Browse the antique shops, art galleries and specialty stores.
Unwind with a stroll on the Helper Parkway or the Spring Canyon Trail. Helper
has it all.
Click here for Helper Tourism & Activities