With Halloween just lurking around the corner our week has been filled with skeleton decorations, scary movies and a trip to the pumpkin patch. Multiple conversations were had about going to a haunted house, but staying true to our adventurous spirit we thought we should do something out of the ordinary to be a little festive. We love stories of real life ghost towns and haunted areas so we researched one that was close to home in Helper, UT. The Western Railroad and Mining Museum is in the old Helper Hotel built in 1914 that was fully operational well into the 70’s. We read tales of murders and deaths that took place here a long time ago and since then there have been a lot of people that claim to have strange encounters when they visit. So we decided to check it out for ourselves to see if the stories of ghost sightings held up.
Our two favorite stories were of the old woman that has been seen on the top floor in an old fashioned dress staring back at people when they walk by, or the piano player in the basement mining room, where people claim to have heard him playing music.
We wandered around the floors and hallways admiring the sights hoping we would see something disturbing and paranormal! While we didn’t run into any ghosts there was definitely a strange feeling on the third floor, but I think our minds were getting the best of us at this point!
After we were done at the museum we walked along Main Street to see some of the other old abandoned buildings and then headed west of town up Spring Canyon to see where various old ghost towns and coal mining camps were once located.
Driving along this old road through the canyon allows you to see the crumbled buildings and brick ruins, as well the old railroad that once ran parallel to the road. We wanted to get out and explore a little more but unfortunately both sides were private property so we tried to admire from afar.