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Utah Vacation Saga Post Six – Western Mining and Railroad Museum – Helper, UT

OK – One more post today :)

After we enjoyed the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum, we headed on over to the Western Mining and Railroad Museum in Helper, UT just a few miles north of Price, UT.  Lots of good stuff there :D  If you like these pics, go check out the museum’s website – click here 8)

Western Mining and Railroad Museum - Tribute and memorial to the miners who've been lost

Western Mining and Railroad Museum - Tribute and memorial to the miners who've been lost

Everywhere you go in Carbon County it seems like you’ll find a memorial to the miners who died putting food on the table.

Replica cannon in the lobby of the museum

Replica cannon in the lobby of the museum

Information about the cannon

Information about the cannon

I told Cindy I wanted to take this cannon home with me, but she said no – go figure :wink:  I think it’s pretty cool the way this one was made :)

Simulated coal mine in the basement of the museum - Check in and out board in the back

Simulated coal mine in the basement of the museum - Check in and out board in the back

Blasting and mining equipment in the simulated coal mine

Blasting and mining equipment in the simulated coal mine

Ore cart and rail bender in the simulated coal mine

Ore cart and rail bender in the simulated coal mine

Lamps and hard hats worn and used by miners in the coal mines

Lamps and hard hats worn and used by miners in the coal mines

Lamps and testing equipment used in the mines

Lamps and testing equipment used in the mines

More miners' lamps

More miners' lamps

More miners' lamps

More miners' lamps

Coal miners in the mine back in 1910

Coal miners in the mine back in 1910

Information about federal mine inspectors

Information about federal mine inspectors

Racal full face air filtering helmet

Racal full face air filtering helmet

Down in the basement of the museum you’ll find a replica of a coal mine with a lot of the equipment you’d find down in the mine.

Click on the image and read the names and info about this picture!!!

Click on the image and read the names and info about this picture!!!

I purchased this poster at the museum - great stuff!!!

I purchased this poster at the museum - great stuff!!!

Police in Helper, UT many years ago

Police in Helper, UT many years ago

Items used by the Helper, UT police

Items used by the Helper, UT police

Items used by the Helper, UT police

Items used by the Helper, UT police

Information about Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch

Information about Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch

The scene of one of Butch Cassidy's robberies

The scene of one of Butch Cassidy's robberies

Painting of Helper, UT many years ago

Painting of Helper, UT many years ago

Butch Cassidy - Wanted Dead or Alive - $4,000 REWARD!!!

Butch Cassidy - Wanted Dead or Alive - $4,000 REWARD!!!

Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch - Click on the image and read the description

Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch - Click on the image and read the description

Jail cells originally used in the Helper, UT City Jail

Jail cells originally used in the Helper, UT City Jail

As I’ve noted in past posts from this trip, Utah was one of the areas known for outlaws and lawmen in the Old West.  Take a look around, though, and you’ll find that while it’s not necessarily the Old West – we have cars, diesel trains, and cellphones – the Wild West hasn’t really gone away.  I don’t carry a loaded gun most places with me because I like the extra weight :wink:

Recreated old time kitchen

Re-created old time kitchen

Recreated old time kitchen

Re-created old time kitchen

Panorama - Re-created old time kitchen

Panorama - Re-created old time kitchen

Go into your kitchen and hug your appliances :P  Aren’t you glad you don’t have a coal/wood fired stove?

Recreation of the Comany Store

Recreation of the Comany Store

They owed their souls to the company store

They owed their souls to the company store

They owed their souls to the company store

They owed their souls to the company store

Click on the pics and take a good look at the documents here.  Now, I’m glad I have better pay and benefits at my job, but there is a downside – my employer won’t sell me explosives.  Go figure…  In all seriousness, I’m glad the miners have it so much better today.  They’re brave for willingly doing the job they do to keep the lights on in our homes and food on their families’ tables.

Panorama - View east from the top floor of the museum

Panorama - View east from the top floor of the museum

Panorama - View north from the top floor of the museum

Panorama - View north from the top floor of the museum

Helper, UT is kinda scenic dontcha think :wink: ?  I figured y’all would like to see the scenery and Glenn would like the trains :)

Old machine for giving a lady's hair a perm

Old machine for giving a lady's hair a perm

Kath, Snigs, and KC are probably glad they don’t have to use something like this anymore 8)

Coal train making its way up a grade

Coal train making its way up a grade

For some reason I thought of Glenn when I saw this picture.  That must’ve been quite a sight!

Tamburitza Band from Sunnyside, UT in 1922

Tamburitza Band from Sunnyside, UT in 1922

Flag of the Croatian Fraternal Union and the Slovenian National Benefit Society

Flag of the Croatian Fraternal Union and the Slovenian National Benefit Society

I thought this was an interesting slice of life from the early part of last century.

Re-created school room

Re-created school room

My desks were different, but Mom & Dad have told me they remember using this kind.

Steam engine diagram - I would've bought it but I didn't have $45

Steam engine diagram - I would've bought it but I didn't have $45

If you want your own copy of this diagram, just call the museum – they take credit cards over the phone :wink:

Old time telephone operator's equipment

Old time telephone operator's equipment

My, how times have changed!  My headset is wireless and probably weighs a lot less :wink:

Old safe in the re-created railroad office

Old safe in the re-created railroad office

Information about the desk in the re-created railroad office

Information about the desk in the re-created railroad office

Sorry I didn’t get a bigger picture of the desk, but I thought the info and the safe were cool :)

Panorama - A collection of old washing machines at the museum

Panorama - A collection of old washing machines at the museum

OK, remember the kitchen?  Now go to your laundry room or the laundromat you use down the street and hug your washing machine :P  Yeah, I’m sure glad I don’t have to use one of these.  I must admit that as long as the weather’s as dry as it usually is here a clothes line ain’t all that bad :)

Nearly 100 year old caboose outside the museum

Nearly 100 year old caboose outside the museum

The story of the traveling roundhouse

The story of the traveling roundhouse

I thought the story of the traveling roundhouse and the nearly century old caboose were pretty cool 8)

View north from the entrance of the museum

View north from the entrance of the museum

I got this pic as I left the museum.  I’m really starting to like small towns, even if they do roll up the sidewalks at 2000 hours and everything seems to be closed on Sundays :)  Just check out the old buildings, the mountains, and the white picket fence 8)

That’s it for this post.  Hope y’all liked this slice of life from Carbon County :D  Also, do go check out their website if you have a few minutes – click here :wink:

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4 comments to Utah Vacation Saga Post Six – Western Mining and Railroad Museum – Helper, UT

  • Fantastic pictures!!!

    As to the perm machine- oh gussy, I thought that was either a) a milking machine or b) an old fashioned electric chair set-up minus the chair. I’ve never permed my hair (thanks Mother Nature for the natural curl) and even if it were straight as a board, it wouldn’t get permed with that thing. In fact, I think I’d just shave my head to be on the safe side. o.O

    Seriously loved the pictures…makes me want to go museum hopping!!

  • Kath

    Seriously? Women did that to their hair? No, no, no. Not for me!

    Those school desks — I didn’t use one at school, but we had one in our dining room as the telephone stand. Remember, I grew up in the country and this was before cordless phones, so you had to stay where the phone was! It was nice to sit on the seat and talk. Atho, my parents did NOT think so.

    It’s so clear and beautiful outside and those miners are UNDEGROUND and in all the dust and dirt and still doing an incredible job. God bless miners for doing a job that, to me, is unbelievable!

  • Trains! Cool!
    Some of that kitchen stuff I have seen in action. In a farm house north of the Wagner Crossing and on the bench toward the Assiniboine Coulee. Grandpa Turner’s place. As for desks like that, my sister, KC attended first grade at a place outside of Malta, MT called Bowdoin. One room, with outhouse.
    All in all a grand trip my friend.

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