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Life in Rolla and City of St. James


Fresh air and a fresh approach yield more to life every day.

At the Mark Twain National Forest, daylight filters through the crown of a short-leaf pine shooting toward the sky, while at Meramec Spring a trout breaks the surface, silvery glints against the sparkling clear waters. Meanwhile, a jogger greets the day with confidence, breathing in the clean morning air on a run through Rolla’s pedestrian/bike trails that wind through the city with welcoming ease. Missouri S&T students head for class on an attractive campus where cutting-edge STEM learning and classic fine arts share pride of place in projects like the striking Stonehenge replica constructed using laser technology.  In the vineyards of St. James the sun burnishes plump grapes soon to be transformed into wines of distinction; in Historic Downtown Rolla, residents savor their morning coffee amidst beautifully restored buildings and storefronts. Across the region, industry hums into action, ideas start to flow.

And so it begins: A day in the life Rolla-St. James, where a fresh and forward-thinking approach yields more to life every day.

Creating quality, community:
A top-rated university, leading-edge healthcare, schools embracing the future with tools, technology and excellent teaching—Rolla-St. James residents head for tomorrow with creativity and confidence, even as today brings rich rewards in life and work.  Here, the art of living takes on vibrant dimensions through the engagement of groups like Arts Rolla, great museums and the national quality theatrical productions wowing crowds at the Leach Theatre at Missouri S&T and the Downtown Rolla’s Ozark Actors Theatre, one of only two professional theatrical companies in rural Missouri. And when it comes to “theatre in the round,” dining in Rolla-St. James offers a delectable menu of options. In a region of award-winning wines, life is vintage quality.

Naturally inviting recreation:
With the Mark Twain National Forest headquartered in Rolla (and 65,000 flourishing acres located inside Phelps County), the Maramec Spring Park in St. James, and the 54,000-acre Lake of the Ozarks just an hour away, opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation are nearly endless. Relax and recharge through hunting, hiking, biking and golf as well as water park fun at The Centre, Rolla’s indoor/outdoor health and fitness center.

Year-round celebrations:
From the annual Celebration of Nations parade to a lively St. Patrick’s celebration to the popular St. James Grape and Fall Festival, the calendar of festivities is diverse and delightful, drawing visitors from all over the region and the state.

Celebrations, recreation, creative arts and a dynamic community: Those who are seeking more to life every day find it—and savor it—in Rolla-St. James.

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