“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Helper in Carbon County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Rainbow Inn

Rainbow Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Danny Grills
1. Rainbow Inn Marker
Inscription.  The Rainbow Inn is located at 305 N Mains St, Helper, Utah and was built in 1922. Originally owned by Lena Fodero, the building was used as a hotel, bar, and sporting house. It was known for the bordello on the upper floor. The railroad which serviced the Spring Canyon coal mining towns went directly past the Rainbow Inn. It's location drew many single male immigrants who were working on the railroad, at the power plants and in the coal mines.

It was purchased by Stephen M. Johnson on May 1, 1980 and used as a bar. On July 23, 1983, The Rainbow Inn became the first official watering hole of the Utah out post, known as Matt Warner, of the Mountain Charlie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus. The Rainbow Inn closed its doors in 1987.
Erected 2017 by Matt Warner Chapter 1900 E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEntertainmentIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 1, 1980.
Location. 39° 

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41.52′ N, 110° 51.704′ W. Marker is in Helper, Utah, in Carbon County. Marker is on North Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Helper UT 84526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Helper Civic Auditorium (approx. half a mile away); Helper Main Post Office (approx. half a mile away); Helper City (approx. 0.6 miles away); 80 South Main Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); Helper City Hall (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Barboglio Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Smart Shop (approx. 0.7 miles away); 167 South Main Street (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helper.
Rainbow Inn sign image. Click for full size.
2. Rainbow Inn sign
Rainbow Inn building image. Click for full size.
3. Rainbow Inn building
Credits. This page was last revised on August 7, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 5, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 596 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 5, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California.   2, 3. submitted on August 5, 2017. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 27, 2024