the Great Depression hit the entire county, Helper's position as a railroad center provided some stability. Helper's city hall had been built in
1927, and a civic auditorium was constructed in 1936. The D&RGW developed
"bridge traffic," acquiring trade from other major roads that wanted
Coal production increased during World War II and continued strong through
the 1960s. With this, the city of Helper also prospered. Upturns and
downswings plagued the industry in the 1970s, with new lows reached
in the 1980s and early 1990s. Helper continues to ride the tide of these
fluctuations and, as any town influenced by the mining
industry, seeks to survive during bad economic times.
Philip F. Notarianni, "Helper--the Making of a Gentile Town in Zion,"
in Philip F. Notarianni, ed., Carbon County: Eastern Utah's Industrialized