In the past Cass, WV was a mill town. Everyone in the town lived in company houses and shopped at the company store. To look at it now, its hard to relate to what that must have been like. The town was and still is known for the Shay locomotives that hauled lumber off the mountain.
The town and mill had its heyday in the early 1900's. The mill employed 2500 to 3000 people and sawed 1.5 million square feet of lumber in a week. There isn't much left of the mill. Fires in 1978 and 1982 have pretty much destroyed it. As you can see above, not much is left. More information on Cass and the Scenic Railroad can be found at www.cassrailroad.com.
We've visited Cass four times in the past few years. We've been there twice to stay in one of the houses and ride the train. We've also been there twice to start bicycle rides down the Greenbrier River Trail. The bike rides were in 2002 and 2003. You can read about those rides and see the pictures by moving UP in the menu or clicking on the links in those paragraphs. Both started in Cass and include pictures from there.
Our 2004 trip was the first time we'd been on the train in 20+ years. We thoroughly enjoyed the ride and got some good pictures of the locomotives.
The 2007 trip was a birthday trip and included my brother, daughter and son-in-law. We again enjoyed the ride and got some good pictures. This time though, we might have learned something too. This trip report has some more useful information in it. They put on a presentation about Cass and show a diorama of the town from around 1920. I added links to a picture of the diorama and you can see what is there now and get an explanation. More of an explanation as I learn more.
If you want to visit Cass Scenic Railroad State Park with us, click on one of the links in the top menu.