Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass

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Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is a State Park located in Cass, Pocahontas County, West Virginia.It consists of the Cass Scenic Railroad, an 11mi long heritage railroad that is owned by the state of West Virginia. The park also includes the former company town of Cass and a portion of the summit of Bald Knob, highest point on Back Allegheny Mountain.HistoryFounded in 1901 by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, Cass was built as a company town to serve the needs of the men who worked in the nearby mountains cutting spruce and hemlock for the West Virginia Spruce Lumber Company, a subsidiary of WVP&P. At one time, the sawmill at Cass was the largest double-band sawmill in the world. It processed an estimated 1.25e9bdft of lumber during its lifetime.In 1901 work started on the railroad, which climbs Back Allegheny Mountain. The railroad eventually reached a meadow area, now known as Whitaker Station, where a logging camp was established for the immigrants who were building the railroad. The railroad soon reached to the top of Gobblers Knob, and then to a location on top of the mountain known as 'Spruce'. The railroad built a small town at this location, complete with a company store, houses, a hotel, and a doctors office. Work soon commenced on logging out the Red Spruce trees, which grew in the higher elevations.
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  • We took the steam train up to Knob Hill. The hobo lunch is ok, pretty basic. We took extra snacks and water so did not need to buy anything at the stop in the way back down the mountain. There are (lo...  more »
  • We took the 4.5hr ride to knob hill. It took forever! It ended up over 6 hrs. So plan ahead and don't expect to return on time. With that said we had a good journey. We were in the end car which ended...  more »
  • It was a great experience for me. I had never had a train ride before and I really enjoyed it. I rode in the open car and got to see all fall trees and it was wonderful. I recommend visit the terminal...  more »

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