West Virginia -(Ammoland.com)- The historic town of Cass, West Virginia, looks a little more like it did in the early 20th century with the return of maple trees along Front and Main streets.
Eight sugar maples have been planted along Front Street and four red maples have been planted along Main Street, thanks to a donation from the Blackhurst Family.
“As they mature, the plantings will reflect how the streets in Cass would have appeared in the boom days when Cass was a logging community,” said Scott Fortney, superintendent at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. “The return of maples to line the town streets is a special gift. We’re touched by the generosity of the Blackhurst Family.”
The Town of Cass features two-story company houses that are rental units for vacation seekers, a Company Store, Last Run Restaurant, Community Building, Museum, Lefty’s Barbershop, the old town jail and visitors center. White picket fences parallel the rural setting. The Train Depot continues to have departures and arrivals to and from Whittaker Station, Bald Knob and the Town of Spruce.
To learn more about Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, company houses, events and activities, visitwww.cassrailroad.com.
About the Blackhurst Family
The Rev. Harry Jabez Blackhurst and Lula May Burner were married in 1892. They moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cass in 1901, just as the railroad arrived and the lumber boom began. They built their home in East Cass on land which was given to them by Lula May’s parents.
They raised 11 children in Cass as Harry preached in the towns and logging camps of Pocahontas and Randolph County. Rev. Blackhurst worked in the mill for a time and also conducted services in the mill building before a church was built. He traveled by train, carriage, or horseback to serve his charges.
Lula May was a stay-at-home mother who could cultivate, plant, harvest, sew, quilt, knit, basket weave, cure meat, tan hide and make tools and hardware. She was the daughter of one of the early pioneer families in Pocahontas County. The descendants of these two remarkable individuals continue to bring their families to Cass every other year for the Blackhurst-Burner Reunion.