Cassville / Cartersville, Georgia
Click any of the first three images for a larger image.
Cass Station is in the lower left corner of the
Cass Station (the railroad
station at Cass, a few miles from Cassville) at the intersection of the railroad track and Burnt Hickory
Road burned down in 1969 and the rock walls collapsed. All the rubble was
removed. It was located next to the original Western and Atlantic Railroad track
(which is next to the current CSX track) and just past the old cotton warehouse
which is pictured below with no roof and with trees growing inside. The old cotton
warehouse is behind the old brick Quillian store, the roof of which is
collapsing in the rear.
According to tradition, the Cassville townspeople
were against building the railroad near the city, then the largest in north
Georgia. They petitioned the state and received approval to reroute the railroad
provided the citizens of the town paid for the cost of new surveys and
construction. No changes to the original plans were ever made.
Used by both Hood and Polk during the Atlanta
Campaign, the station also played a minor role in the "Great Locomotive Chase".
Andrews stopped here to get water and wood when the stationmaster gave him a
train schedule to assist him in taking ammunition to General Beauregard. The
station, along with much of the city of Cassville was destroyed by Sherman's
Fifth Ohio Cavalry on November 5th 1864.
In addition to the Quillian brick store, the
cotton warehouse, and Cass Station, there was a grist mill nearby.
Cass Station's remains are gone but it was located behind and closer to the railroad
tracks than the old cotton warehouse pictured below. As you
walk north from the intersection of the CSX tracks and Burnt Hickory Road, you
will pass the old Quillian brick store, the remains of the
old cotton warehouse (pictured below), and come upon the land where Cass Station
once stood, all on your right. The original track is still visible next to the raised bed
of the current CSX track.
Directions: From Cartersville take 41 North. Turn left at Mac Johnson
Road. Travel 1 block to a T. Turn right on Georgia 293. Travel a long block and
turn left onto Burnt Hickory Road. Park your car just before the railroad
tracks. Walk north along the CSX railroad tracks and you'll pass the old
Quillian brick store, the ruins of the Cotton Warehouse, and just after it, the
land upon which stood Cass Station.
The first two pictures are the view of the old Cotton Warehouse from the railroad tracks.
Yes, there's the ruins of the old Cotton Warehouse in there:
The subsequent pictures are close ups of the old Cotton Warehouse.
If you are interested in Cass Station and its history,
you may be interested in joining The Cassville Historical Society.
Cassville Historical Society
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