A Local Landmark
This giant statue is a tribute to Helper’s mining heritage.
Loved by locals, this fiberglass statue has been standing proud in Helper since the 1960s. Big John, named after the Jimmy Dean song “Big Bad John,” is an unofficial memorial to the many minors that lost their lives during the since mining started in the area in the 1890s.
Fun fact, International Fiberglass, who made the statue used an existing mold they had from a Paul Bunyan – instead of the traditional axe of Paul Bunyan, Big John holds a pick and wears the traditional miner’s helmet on his head.
19 South Main Street, Helper
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