The mural “Western Town” by Jenne Magafan was painted in 1941 under the Treasury Section of Fine Arts and was a winner of the Treasury Section’s 48-State Post Office mural competition. The mural is 25.5 x 43.5 feet and painted with oil-on-fiberboard. It sits at the south end of the post office lobby and remains in pristine condition.
Utah Railway was created in 1912 to provide improved service to the coal mines of western Carbon and Emery counties. Tracks from Hiawatha to the Utah Railway junction near Martin were completed in Oct. 1914. A steel girder bridge 135 ft. high, 634 ft. long and on a 60 percent curve was constructed in order to span Gordon Creek. This remains the longest steel girder bridge of its height in the state of Utah. Original trains were 50 ton capacity cars pulled by steam locomotives. But this same bridge supports todays 100 ton capacity steel cars and 105 ton capacity aluminum cars pulled by modern diesel locomotives. Utah Railway began as a single commodity railroad and remains so today.
This caboose was built in 1918 by the Mt. Vernon Car Company for the Utah Railway Company. It was refurbished in 1958 at which time the steel siding was added. Caboose No. 55 traveled the route from Provo to Mohrland from 1918 to 1975. That’s 57 years!
Matt Warner was born Willard E. Christiansen in Ephraim, Utah. He left home at the age of 14 after a fight in which he thought he killed the town bully. He took the name Matt Warner, became a cattle rustler, bank robber and rode with Butch Cassidy until going to prison on trumped up charges in 1897. He was released in 1900, with a full pardon from Governor Wells. In the following years, he became one of the best deputy sheriffs, city police officers, and justices of the peace Carbon County has ever known. As a man of the law, Warner won the love of all Carbon County, except the lawyers, and stuffed shirts. He was strictly a man of the people.
This historic marker is located on the Carbon Hotel at 262 South Main Street in Helper, Utah and was dedicated by the Utah Outpost Mountain Charlie Chapter 1850 of E Clampus Vitus on July 25, 1981.
This one-story red brick commercial building was built in 1927 by Helper Securities. Five business storefronts completed the whole of this larger building. The northernmost portion at 167 South Main Street was occupied by the Success Meat and Grocery Company during the early 1930s. The building is in excellent condition and is a contributing property within the Helper Historic District.
This hotel was built in 1913-14 for the Helper Real Estate and Investment Co. Formed by people of many different ethnic groups, including Assyrian, Italian, and Jewish, this company reflected the diverse nature of Helper’s population. A favorite of traveling salesmen, or “drummers,” who came by train to display their wares to the local merchants, the Helper Hotel also housed the U.S. Post Office and was the location for the printing of one of Helper’s early newspapers.
This building was known as the Helper Hotel until 1942 when it was purchased by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad. Train crews lived here until c.1980. Vacant for several years, it became the site of the Western Mining and Railroad Museum in 1985. This three-story commercial block structure contributes to the qualities of the Helper National Register Historic District.
The Helper Hotel is part of the The Helper Museum at 294 South Main Street in Helper, Utah
The Carbon Hotel was built in the early 1900’s. It was first owned by C. A. Bartolino. The building was used as a hotel, bar, café and sporting house throughout the years. Due to the large number of single male immigrants into the local mines, the bordello on the upper floor was very popular, though somewhat illegal, during Helper’s heydays. Due to increasing pressure from the authorities during the 1970’s the doors were closed. Matt Warner Chapter purchased the building in 1987 with the help of Helper City. The building was restored and is presantly used as a meeting hall for the organization.
The Barboglio Building was built in 1907 by Joe Barboglio. The building housed the Tika Tavern with a hotel upstairs. Mrs. Barboglio ran the hotel and washed the linen by hand in the Price River. In 1910, in an effort to help other businessmen, the Helper State Bank was opened in one part of the building with Joe Barboglio as the first president. The building was occupied by various businesses until 1950 when it was destroyed by fire. In 1953 one story of the building was rebuilt and housed a bakery and a flower shop. In 1955 Mutual Furniture & Hardware purchased the building and opened an archway between the two buildings. In 1997 Herme’s Antiques opened in the building and remains in business today.