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On Tuesday, June 25, the Public Works Department will be working on W. Main St. near Citgo at 10 a.m. One lane of will be closed and work is expected to take one hour, ending at approximately 11 a.m.
A line of thermo plastic will be installed to mark Christiansburg's portion of the Eastern Continental Divide, which is a barely perceptible ridgeline on W. Main St. that divides water flowing east to the Atlantic Ocean—via the Roanoke River basin—from water flowing west to the Gulf of Mexico—via the New, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. In October 1763, by Royal Proclamation, King George III forbade Virginians to settle west of this line. Virginians considered the taking up of western land as their natural right. Shutting off access to this land was a provocation that accelerated the building momentum in Virginia for the coming American Revolution.