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Cass Scenic Railroad is located at Cass West Virginia Cass in Pocahontas County was once known for it booming lumber industry Today it is known as one of West Virginias great tourist attractions It is a preserved lumber company town which is complete with an old company store and specialty shops Cass was invented and named as a State Park to preserve an old logging railroad Once a symbol of the economic power that drove this valley the mill building has been victim of two major fires in 1978 and 1982 The town of Cass began with the beginning of the lumber companies These lumber companies inhabitated the valley and operated the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Factory Only twisted steel and rusted machinery remain amid the cracking cement Trees and vines grow in a place where humans once toiled among the machines of lumber and fine wood products production The adjoing planing mill was three stories high measuring 96 by 224 feet Massive elevators carried up to 5000 feet of lumber to the separate floors and machines Some of the flooring machines were so big that it took 15 men to operate them There were two resaws here that could accommmodate boards up to 35 feet long The large surfacing machines finished all four sides of a board in one operation The mill operation was enormous during its heyday 1908 to 1922 It ran two 11-hour shifts six days per week cutting 125000 board feet of lumber each shift an impressive 15 million feet of lumber per week The Cass mill also had drying kilns using 11 miles of steam pipe to dry 360000 board feet of lumber on each run Roy Clarkson wrote a book called Tumult on the Mountain In his book he estimated that in 40 years the Cass mill and the mill at Spruce turned two to fourteen billion feet of timber into pulp or lumber Each morning the CO
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