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Western Mining and Railroad Museum

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The Western Mining and Railroad Museum is located in Helper, Utah and is two hours southeast of Salt Lake City. The town was name after the engines that helped the trains climb the steep hills to Soldier Summit. Railroads established routes here and coal was found so Helper became a major railroad town.

More coal mines, railroads, a depot, hotel and roundhouse were all built and the town became a hub for coal miners and their families. The museum contains three floors each with different stories surrounding the lives of the coalminers and railroad employees. Guided tours are available and must be done so by request. The museum is open year round with different hours in the summer and winter.

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Written by  Cassandra Lund.

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