Everyone Needs a Little Helper in Utah

It isn’t often that we post photos from towns we’ve stayed in, but we found the little town of Helper, Utah oozing with charm and we can’t wait to tell you about it! What was to be simply a roadside stop for the night as we traveled back into Utah turned out to be the biggest, nicest surprise of the trip.

Castle Gate RV Park gets our vote for best RV Park views of our trip.

To say we were pleasantly surprised by Castle Gate RV Park would be a gross understatement. Clean, tidy, uncrowded and practically brand new, the staff was friendly and helpful. We were happy as clams…then we walked into town.

Our first stop was this incredibly preserved old gas station.

Regular for .31 per gallon and premium/ethyl for .38 per gallon. Boy, those were the days!

We moved into the heart of town and the surprises kept on coming. Everywhere we looked were tributes to the town’s past.

“Big John” (the tallest coal miner in the world) celebrates the mining history of Helper, Utah.

This little gem of a town is located about halfway between Provo and Green River on Highway 6 in Utah. It’s well worth a stop to check out the rich railroad and mining history. In case you’re curious, the name Helper originated with the helper engines that, in days gone by, assisted trains making the steep 15-mile climb up Price Canyon.
What a treat is has been to have a little “Helper” today.

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7 thoughts on “Everyone Needs a Little Helper in Utah

  1. It really does look like a lovely spot to stop.


  2. Malcolm & Barbara.

    Looks so interesting. Something out of yesteryear. Big John reminds me of the song by Jimmy Dean, “Every morning at the mine you could see him arrive, — He stood six-foot-six and weighed two-forty- five ——–“, etc. Is there any link to that song ? Enjoy your trip.

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  3. Kathy

    Love following your trip as always. I am so sorry we missed Helper-we did take Hwy 6 a long distance but didn’t go north to Provo. Are you still headed to Sedona?

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  4. Jackie Bachman

    Love the signs! Old-times!

    Jackie Bachman Board Member, Community Relations OHRA (760) 889-5122 Jackie.bachman53@gmail.com


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  5. Lori Oliver-Tierney

    Love Helper. There are many darling little towns in Utah. I am from there originally. Happy trails

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  6. Elaine Shanafelt

    Just found this in my inbox and glad I didn’t miss seeing these photos. What a great find! Aren’t those unexpected surprises what makes travels so fun. Thanks for sharing. Elaine & Jerry

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