Your Train Ride Through History By W E Blackhurst   history of the Town of Cass

Your Train Ride Through History By W E Blackhurst history of the Town of Cass

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Your Train Ride Through History By W E Blackhurst history of the Town of Cass
Your Train Ride Through History By W E Blackhurst An authentic history of the Town of Cass and the great lumber empire which gave rise to your ride on the Cass Scenic Railroad.  SECOND printing 1973.  18 pages.
In the year 1900 the present location of Cass was just a quiet spot on the floor of the Greenbrier River Valley. Three pioneer farms made up the entire region. One lay on the east side of the river and two on the west side. A rough creek bottom road followed the course of Deer Creek from Green Bank to where the creek joined with the Greenbrier, and there by a rough ford crossed the river and wound away into the hill country known as Back Allegheny Mountain.
The three farm families, Burner, Galford and Gum, lived peaceful lives, supported by their farms and the bountiful supply of game and fish found throughout the woods and waters. They lived yet the peaceful life that had been established by their mountaineer ancestors shortly after the Revolutionary War. But change was on the way.
Crews of men were already at work on the lower part of the Greenbrier. They were pushing the Greenbrier Division of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad up the river valley. By the next year, 1901, it would reach the location of Cass.
From the North, crews were frantically driving the Coal and Iron Railway from Elkins by way of the West Fork of the Greenbrier toward the rich river valley. The two rail lines were engaged in a contest to see which might first reach the junction of the West and East Forks. The winner would be able to push a line up the East Fork and control a much larger area.
The magic word that drove the railway was timber. The entire Greenbrier watershed was clothed in a rich cover of timber. Billions of board feet of the finest trees of a nation were waiting the woodsman's axe. Added to the vast quantity was the fact that here lay the widest variety of wood products to be found in the United States.

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