A new part of the blog, Exploring Utah is dedicated to checking out small towns, taking pictures talking to locals and grabbing some local grub. I love Utah, it has so many amazing little towns with fantastic history. It’s my goal to visit as many of them as I can and tell you all about the journey.
Helper is located just a few miles north of Price. It was founded mostly by miners and their supporting crowds. The main street consists of some really great old brick buildings. One with this great old Coca Cola advertisement.
Like most small towns the buildings are filled with small shops. We visited several, we spent most of our time in one shop where Lauren picked up a “frog”. The shop owner and his wife are both school teachers. They pay someone to man the shop during the week while they teach. The shop was filled with old items picked up off of old farms, estate sales and and scouring ksl. I would love to run one of these old stores and put a home in the upstairs. Exposed brick walls and old wood floors are a few of my favorite things.
After poking in a few shops we went stopped by the helper Museum. The town runs the museum and they ask for a voluntary donation of 5 dollars a family. The old couple gave us a brief history of the town and then sent us on our way. The building was actually a lot bigger than I thought it would be. Filled with items ranging from the founding of the town to the late 70s. My favorite part of the museum was all of the old pictures. Miners standing outside of the mines, it is amazing to me the sacrifice and hard work many people went through make it in this country. Inspiring actually. I suggest checking out the museum it will take around 30 minutes depending on how much time you spend reading the captions around the pictures.
Balance Rock Cafe
We grabbed lunch at a great Cafe called Balance Rock. It was a late lunch yet the place was pretty busy. The food was great and the atmosphere was fun. They had a pool table and televisions close to the bar if you wanted to catch the game. We sat in the dining section made up of miss matched tables and a great view of the street. The upstairs is filled with local memorabilia that you can take a look at.
The scenery around Helper is amazing most of the town is surrounded on all sides by mountains. Its about an hour and twenty minutes from provo and a few hours away from Moab, Lake Powell and other great places to visit.