Helper’s new riches: Utah railroad, coal mining town reinvents itself as artistic haven

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Helper’s new riches: Utah railroad, coal mining town reinvents itself as artistic haven

The La Salle Hotel, one of the many buildings in town in need of restoration and rehabilitation, once boasted a thriving clientele because Helper, Utah, was both a coal mining and a railroad town where 27 different languages were spoken and immigrant residents came from all over the world.
Main Street buildings in Helper, Utah, await repair and revitalization, but they have all been purchased as part of an artistic renaissance, which is transitioning the town from a hard-drinking, gritty, railroad and coal mining town to a contemporary center for arts and antiques, with coffee shops instead of nightclubs.
Helper, Utah, had a thriving bar and nightclub scene because of single men who worked in the local coal mines and on the railroad. Some of those historic buildings on Main Street await restoration as in this Art Moderne gem with cobalt blue exterior tiles and decorative concrete block.
Original neon signs adorn many of the buildings in Helper, Utah, which is experiencing an artistic revival. Amtrak trains still roll through town.
“Big John,” a coal miner’s statue painted jet black, stands in front of Helper’s brick Art Deco library as quiet testament to the historic importance of coal to the town’s mining and railroad history.
Original neon signs adorn many of the buildings in Helper, Utah, which is experiencing an artistic revival. Amtrak trains still roll through town.

Helper’s new riches: Utah railroad, coal mining town reinvents itself as artistic haven

The La Salle Hotel, one of the many buildings in town in need of restoration and rehabilitation, once boasted a thriving clientele because Helper, Utah, was both a coal mining and a railroad town where 27 different languages were spoken and immigrant residents came from all over the world.
Main Street buildings in Helper, Utah, await repair and revitalization, but they have all been purchased as part of an artistic renaissance, which is transitioning the town from a hard-drinking, gritty, railroad and coal mining town to a contemporary center for arts and antiques, with coffee shops instead of nightclubs.
Helper, Utah, had a thriving bar and nightclub scene because of single men who worked in the local coal mines and on the railroad. Some of those historic buildings on Main Street await restoration as in this Art Moderne gem with cobalt blue exterior tiles and decorative concrete block.
Original neon signs adorn many of the buildings in Helper, Utah, which is experiencing an artistic revival. Amtrak trains still roll through town.
“Big John,” a coal miner’s statue painted jet black, stands in front of Helper’s brick Art Deco library as quiet testament to the historic importance of coal to the town’s mining and railroad history.
Original neon signs adorn many of the buildings in Helper, Utah, which is experiencing an artistic revival. Amtrak trains still roll through town.
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