Blacksburg's historic settlement patterns have been influenced to a great extent by the area's environmental features. The position of the town at the eastern end of a fertile valley watered by Stroubles Creek made the locale attractive to immigrants as soon as the area was opened to settlement in the mid-1740s. However, the location off the main through road and just over the barrier ridge of the Alleghany Mountain from the great Valley of Virginia to the northeast prevented strong growth in commerce in the village.



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