The Cass Scenic Railroad

Morning mist, like a translucent sheath, rose from the green-carpeted Chat Mountain in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest this Memorial Day weekend, but the warm sun quickly stopped it during its mild ascent, leaving Bay The blue sky is gone.

Like a pocket of history, somehow frozen in time, the town of Cass, with its winding, mountain-hugging streets and a short, bridge over the Greenbrier River, its railroad depot, historic buildings, and passed through double tracks, all of which were connected by a concourse. Valley in the Back Allegheny Mountains. Stretching toward the tracks themselves and disappearing into a dense forest, the town and its railroad were the reason why neither disappeared into history.

Covered in virgin forests in the late 19th century, West Virginia grew ubiquitous oak, hickory, pine, walnut, and chestnut in its lower elevations and hemlock, spruce, maple, and birch in its higher elevations, providing an abundance of timber. Resources provided. His eight…

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