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Helper City Hall

This valley was originally settled in 1881 by Teancum Pratt. The original Pratt Survey still predominates on maps of this area. He sold land to the Rio Grande Western Railroad for a right of way. By the fall of 1887 the railroad had built 27 frame residences and from this start the town continued to grow. With the completion of the standard gauging of track in 1891, a terminal was established in this area.

It took extra engines to push trains over Soldier Summit, these extra locomotives were called “Helpers” and it was from this source that Helper was named.

With a mixed population of practically every nationality, Helper grew into a booming town. In 1907 Helper Township was incorporated.

This historic marker is located at the old Helper City Hall Building at 73 South Main Street in Helper, Utah and was dedicated by the Matt Warner Chapter 1900 of E Clampus Vitus on July 11, 1987 and remounted and rededicated July 8, 1995.

This one-story red brick flat roof building was built as the Helper City Hall in 1927. This building has classical “tin” cornices, columns and pediment. The project architect was Walter E. Ware of Salt Lake City.

The City Hall has been a center of community events since it was built. The building has always served as Helper’s City Hall, maintains its original appearence and contributes to the historic qualities of the Helper Historic District.

 Marker Placed in 1997 by Division of State History. ( CR-07-735.)

Star Dancing
Erected June 1, 2010
The Star of Helper represents the sky like the town and has no bounds.
The Star also represents Helper as Utah’s Christmas Town.
Donated by: Marie Camille Truscott Lentsch (a former Helper resident)
Kirt E. Mascaro
Helper City Councilman, 2010

Presented to Helper City
We pledge allegiange to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands one Nation, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

Presented and dedicated by Price Lodge No. 1550, B. P. O. Elks June 14 – 1952