Helper Travel Guide

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Helper Overview

Helper is a small town of about 2150 (up 6% since 2000) located along U.S. Highways 6 and 191, in Carbon County in South Central Utah. Helper was established in 1881, Teancum Pratt, after the arrival of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and was named for the "helper" engines required on trains heading west from Price to Salt Lake City to get up the steep grade approaching Soldier's Summit. Plans were made to designate Helper as a rail center as the railroads changed from narrow gauge to standard gauge. Helper was becoming a central hub for rail traffic between Colorado and Salt Lake City. That, combined with mining operations in and around Helper increased the population rapidly. The town was very ethnically diverse with settlers from all over the world, in particular Southern and Eastern Europe and South Asia. Helper incorporated in 1907.

Helper has a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest. There is one district and two individual locations in Helper listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Helper also has a very nice Western Mining and Railroad Museum.