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Helper City

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Shaped by its roots, but ever evolving as artists and community leaders breathe life into its new chapter.

The rugged backdrop of the Book Cliffs mountains sweep across the north side of Helper. Looking at a map, the topography of the cliffs seem to swallow the town up in the river valley between the Western Tavaputs and Wasatch plateaus. Settled in 1881, Helper was named after the team of “helper” coal-powered steam engines that assisted freight trains up the neighboring canyon and over Soldier’s Summit; the city was created because of and for the coal industry. Though the tracks are still integral in the town’s DNA and even more-so, history, its identity has changed. With the invention of powerful diesel engines, we no longer need the Helper of times past, but we still need small towns like Helper — towns with a beating heart and a will to persist by evolving their identity. Now a community of art, culture, history and stories of the power of togetherness, Helper has evolved into a destination of incredible artistry, opportunity and discovery.

Things to do

Follow one of our writers on his walking tour through Helper.

To familiarize yourself with the art scene in Helper, watch a seven minute PBS video showcasing the history, growth and current state

Annual Events

First Friday Art Stroll - First Friday of every month from 6–9 p.m.

Butch Cassidy Film Festival - February

Outlaw Car Show & Cruise - June

Helper Arts, Music and Film Festival - August

Catholic Carnival - November

Utah’s Christmas Town Festival - November and early December

Electric Light Parade + Fireworks  - December

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Turning Carbon Into Culture

Written by Andrew Dash Gillman

10 minute read

Helper, UT has a future, and it is one built by the community, through hard work, love for place and a touch of serendipity.

Culture, Place

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