The county seat of Christiansburg was established in 1790. By the 1850s, the attractive town had taken on many of the functions of a regional economic center. Initially the county's most populous community, Christiansburg fell behind Blacksburg by the mid-twentieth century. Although its downtown is somewhat fragmented following demolition of several of its historic buildings in the mid-twentieth century, the community has retained historic residential sections, especially on E. Main and S. Franklin streets.
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