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Cass, West Virginia

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A community in Pocahontas County, incorporated in 1902, and named for Joseph K. Cass, chairman of the board of West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, formerly engaged in the lumber and flooring manufacturing business in that town. With the efforts of Italian immigrant labor, the town, a band-saw mill, and eleven miles of railroad were completed in the Cass area by 1902. The W. Va. Pulp and Paper company owned the operation until its sale to the Dan Mower Lumber Company in 1942. Reduced profits led to the closing of the mill in 1960, resulting in the economic decline of the town of Cass.

Cass Scenic Railroad

The State of West Virginia purchased the right-of-way, track and three remaining Shay steam locomotives in 1961, and in 1963 began operating the line as Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, a scenic railroad. Between 1963 and 1967, the Cass railroad operated runs on only on four miles of track to Whittaker Station.

Beginning in 1968, much of the Cass trackage was renovated. Trains then began running over an eleven mile segment of track to Bald Knob, the second highest point in West Virginia. A 300-car parking lot was also built during this period. The State acquiring the town and remaining Mower tract in 1977.

See Also

Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Cass Scenic Railroad


Map of Cass, WV showing streets and highways, and nearby airports, parks, buildings, churches, cemeteries, trails and other points of interest, with link to driving directions.

Topo map of Cass, WV and vicinity