In the 1890s large amounts of iron ore were discovered in the area and many people hoping to make a fortune from mining the mineral flocked to the town. Nicknamed the “Iron City” the town became wealthy and the fist electric street lights in the upstate of South Carolina were installed in Blacksburg. The city continues to holds its nickname "Iron City" to this day. Each year Blacksburg commemorates its founding at the “Iron City” festival.
Easily accessible from Interstate 85 and situated between Greenville-Spartanburg area and Charlotte, N.C., the town continues to enjoy a small-town atmosphere. Two Revolutionary War battlefields are located nearby, Kings Mountain to the east and Cowpens to the west.