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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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  • This is a must for all visitors and all parents with children. Kids love trains. The town is quaint and the train is beautiful. Please wear comfortable clothing and take a jacket year round because th...  more »
  • This is off the beaten path. Won't find it by accident but with help from a good map and will power it's worth finding. Each state has it's own good & bad points but this one is in our top ten to see....  more »
  • My mother in law insisted that we go to this place. Finally my wife and kids agreed and went. This place is truly out in the middle of no where. Make sure you take food with you if your staying over n...  more »