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Helper Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 6 photos

Helper, one of the more unusual place names in Utah, is namesake of the "helper" engine, an extra steam locomotive which was used to help coal trains ascend the steep slope over the mountain pass to the Wasatch Front. Helper engines would detach and turn around at Soldier Summit, than head for home after their work was done. With the advent of diesel locomotives, helper engines were no longer necessary and the town of Helper faced a challenge to stay viable. Today the city of about 2,000 is undergoing a resurgence, focusing its attention on its innate historical charm and a new crop of residents who are dedicated to shaping its future in a new direction.
Helper is home of the Helper Intermountain Theatre, a professional company which draws talent from coast to coast, and attracts visitors from across the state to its performances. The town has also gained national recognition for its annual Christmas Electric Light Parade, a Main Street event which has grown over the years into one of the region's most popular tourist attractions.

Carbon County Background

The roots come from early Mormon pioneers, coal miners, and railroaders. Some thirty different ethnic groups representing cultures and religions from around the world, settled and populated this region. Colorful and festive celebrations recognize and affirm these diverse traditions throughout the year.

Carbon County is located in Southeastern Utah on the Colorado Plateau. It is at the junction of the Wasatch Range and the San Rafael Swell and thus both mountain and desert terrain are available within a few miles of each other. Price City, the largest town and county seat, with a population of 8,712 people, is at an elevation of 5500 feet. Price City was incorporated in 1911 and Carbon County was formed in 1894. It is a county both difficult and diverse and it is through here the majestic Green River flows on its way to meet the mighty Colorado River not far south.

Statistics and Facts

The population of Helper is approximately 4,108.
The approximate number of families is 1,132.

The amount of land area in Helper is 4.63 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.

The distance from Helper to Washington DC is 1920 miles. The distance to the Utah state capital is 98 miles. (as the crow flies)
Helper is positioned 39.68 degrees north of the equator and 110.85 degrees west of the prime meridian.

Helper is located in Carbon County in central Utah along US Highway 6 near Price. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 2,094, a decrease of 54 since 1990.

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