Cass, West Virginia

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Main Street in Cass
Main Street in Cass
Cass is located in West Virginia
Location within the state of West Virginia
Coordinates: 38°23′48″N 79°54′53″W / 38.39667°N 79.91472°W / 38.39667; -79.91472Coordinates: 38°23′48″N 79°54′53″W / 38.39667°N 79.91472°W / 38.39667; -79.91472
CountryUnited States
StateWest Virginia
 • Total0.790 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Land0.790 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
 • Total52
 • Density66/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)

Cass is a census-designated place (CDP) on the Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 52.[2] The town, founded in 1901, was named for Joseph Kerr Cass, vice president and cofounder of the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company.


Cass began as a company town for those who worked for West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, logging the nearby Cheat Mountain. The cut logs were brought by rail to the town, where they were processed for use by paper and hardwood-flooring companies throughout the United States. Cass's skilled laborers, who worked in the mill or the locomotive repair shop, lived with their families in 52 white-fenced houses, built in orderly rows on a hill south of the general store.[3]

In 1960 the mill closed. In 1963, the state bought the logging railroad and converted it into a tourist attraction, carrying passengers into the vast Monongahela National Forest. In the late 1970s, the state bought most of the town and its buildings for the new Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. In 1982 the mill burned down.[3]

The Cass Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[4]

Current status[edit]

The town has a general store, a restaurant, a history museum, and 20 houses refurbished for tourist lodgings. The tourist railroad runs from the town to the half way point called Whittaker Station. Here a restored loggers' camp has been created on the mountain. Then the railroad continues up the Mountain to Bald Knob (the third highest peak in West Virginia). On Fridays the trains make runs to the ghost town of Spruce, West Virginia (currently not in service).

Cass is the northern terminus of the Greenbrier River Trail.


The town was featured on Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.[5]

The town was also featured in the 2013 movie Angel’s Perch.

Cass Cave, located in Cass, contains the highest subterranean waterfall in West Virginia and Virginia, Lacy Suicide Falls.[6]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  3. ^ a b Christine Dell'Amore (September 9, 2009). "Tracking a Lumber Town's History". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ "Appalachia". Travel Channel. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  6. ^ Kevin Adams (1 June 2002). Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia: A Hiking and Photography Guide. Menasha Ridge Press. pp. 32–. ISBN 978-0-89732-414-4.