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History of mining, railroad traced in Helper

If history is your hobby, enjoy the Western Mining and Railroad Museum in Helper. Housed in a historic railroad hotel, the museum has three floors and an outdoor park displaying historic and modern mining and railroad equipment. Indoor displays feature turn of the century dentist offices, a beauty salon and a detailed account of the outlaw history of the region. The boundaries of Helper's national historic district encompass the museum complex on Main Street. And this year come help the museum celebrate 40 years in existence.

The facility has several floors filled with displays, photographs and memorabilia covering coal mining and railroading in the Castle Valley region from before the turn of the century to the present.

The facility in downtown Helper has an extensive collection of videotapes as well as a large outdoor display of mining and railroading equipment.

From May 1 to Sept. 30, the museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Oct. 1 to April 30, hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours may be scheduled.

For tour appointments or information, contact the Helper Western Mining and Railroad Museum at 435-472-3009.

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