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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  • October 4, 2017
    My husband looked forward to this trip from Cass to Bald Knob for years. It was better than he hoped it would be. I really enjoyed it, too, although I'm not the train buff he is. The conductor/narrato...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    This was a treat - to see beautifully restored and maintained coal fired steam trains working. We were taken on a tour of the 'shop' where they're in the process of rebuilding a Climax engine. The pla...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We took the Cass to Bald Knob trip on a beautiful September day. The open car ride allowed for some wonderful views on the way up the mountain, pushed by a Shay locomotive. Our Conductor / Brakeman wa...  more »

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