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Western Mining and Railroad Museum

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 Muesum.

The museum is housed in the Old Helper Hotel building, built in 1913 - 1914. Please, enjoy your visit to the webpage.

We invite you to:
  • Discover What's New at the Museum - Learn about new exhibits and see the progress of our new addition.
  • Take an online Tour of the Museum - On these pages you will see photographs and read a description of the displays of the museum.
  • Browse through our Photo Collection - The museum has over 3500 photographs in its collection. This is a partial list of photos that are available.
  • Search our Archives - This page contains a list of archives that are available to learn about Carbon County.
  • Webpage Links - On this page are links to other interesting webpages.

Western Mining & Railroad Museum
294 South Main
Helper, Utah 84526
(435) 472-3009

Tours upon request

Summer Hours
May 15th - Sept. 14th
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Saturday

Winter Hours
Sept. 15th - May 14th
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday

Museum Archivist