Bluefield's prime residential areas are separated from downtown by hilly ridges, conveniently distant from the noise and grime of the railroad yards when they were in their prime. Generally known as South Bluefield, this cohesive area is connected to downtown via Bland Road (U.S. 52), so named because it originally led across the mountains to Bland County, Virginia. In 1990–1991 the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office surveyed the area and nominated four districts and one individual property to the National Register of Historic Places. All were entered on the register in 1992.
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