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Helper: 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 mountain grades.

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 for everyone.

Museum's Heritage Week 2008 ( June 2-7 )...

Heritage Week 2008 in Helper, Utah

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 our "badness!"

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" @ 7PM
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" - 392k
Butt 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 Show"
@ Noon-7pm & Saturday, June 7 @ 9
AM - 6PM

The Ophir Tintic Model Railroad Club displays their model setups from tiny "N" scale and some "HO" scale! At the Helper Civic Auditorium. Free Admission.

Friday, June 6 - "Old West Evening Outdoors" @ 6PM
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, Helper.

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 exhibit
from the University of Utah Marriott Library Special Collections at the Rio Theatre.
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 Events!

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Click here for a free download of the 2008 poster! (1.9Megabyte Hi Resolution version.)

Rails Around Helper Signed Copies available and second Carbon County book underway...
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Image Replicas Mercantile is proud to be the only on-line source of signed copies of Rails Around Helper! Rails Around Helper is the newest book in Arcadia Publishing's historical "Rails Around..." series.

This 128 page book tells the almost 100 year story of the Rio Grande's treacherous route between Soldier Summit and Provo, Utah and all of the towns that were created in between to service the railroad line. Rails Around Helper features newly restored by Teply Graphic Arts & Publishing, LLC and never before seen photos from museum archives and from private collections.

SueAnn Martell's second book in the series is now in production and will be on sale Fall of 2008! Coal Camps of Eastern Utah will show the history of the coal mining towns that surrounded Helper and supplied the railroad. Now ghost towns, these mining company "camps" ranged from cramped tent cities and tar paper shacks to large Italian stone and red tile townships.

Photos for Coal Camps of Eastern Utah will come from the museum, private collections and Image Replicas Mercantile. Image Replicas Mercantile will once again be the only on-line source for signed copies! Send us an email if you want to be contacted when we start taking pre-orders.

In our "It Happened In Helper" section we have more event information, photos and a poster still available from one of the Rails Around Helper Book Signings.

Helper's Balanced Rock Regulators in print...
Balanced Rock Regulators
Helper's and Carbon County's Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) group, the Balanced Rock Regulators appeared in the October 23, 2007 issue of the Emery County Review.

The Balanced Rock Regulators are notorious for appearing at the Western Mining & Railroad Museum's events and cutting loose with Hollywood smoky blanks -- which is partially why Helper has enjoyed True West Magazine's True Western Town Awards for the last two years! In addition to smoky blanks, they use cowboy weapons to shoot at steel targets in an Old West themed gun range.

You can read the article here, download their "recruitment" poster, or find out more about the Balanced Rock Regulators at their website.

It's Happening In Helper!

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.

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