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.
Founded 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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  • Four hours of narrative by historian Josh, powerful locomotive fueled by Justin, engineered by Kenny, and descent with Thomas brakeman skills. Hobo lunch was plenty of food. Wear layered clothes. Top ...  more »
  • Beautiful drive to get to the station and really enjoyed a ride back in time. It was nice being able to get up and stretch your legs as well.  more »
  • Was a very cool experience. Would recommend for the family!
  • We loved the train ride up to Bald Knob. Yes it was very cold and windy, but if you are prepared and dress appropriately for it, then that should be no problem. High Five to JOSH . He was great and very informative with the family history and with the knowledge of the events with the town and workers. It is well worth the trip.

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