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St. James is a city in Southern Minnesota. It is the county seat of Watonwan County.


St. James was not named for any particular saint but rather for one of the town's early settlers, James Purington. St. James was settled under the direction of the St. Paul & Sioux City Railroad, as its location is roughly halfway between those two cities.

Get in[edit]

Map of St. James (Minnesota)

Minnesota State Highways 4, 30, and 60.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Grand Opera House, 502 1st Ave S (at 5th St). This building functioned as St. James' main performing arts venue from the 1890s to 1920s, and has also hosted various local events over the years. Grand Opera House (Q5594852) on Wikidata Grand Opera House (St. James, Minnesota) on Wikipedia
  • 2 Watonwan County Courthouse, 720 2nd Ave S (at 7th St). The courthouse and seat of government for Watonwan County. A noted example of Romanesque Revival architecture, built in the 1890s. Watonwan County Courthouse (Q23303037) on Wikidata Watonwan County Courthouse on Wikipedia


  • 1 Princess Theater, 505 1st Ave S, +1 507 375-4370. Historic cinema with weekend film screenings. Also functions as a community center.





  • 1 Super 8, 1210 Heckman Ct (east of 11th St S, near junction of Hwys 4 and 60), +1 507 375-4708. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Indoor heated pool, fitness center, free wireless internet, free breakfast. One pet allowed per booking with an additional fee. $67+.



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Routes through St. James
Sauk CentreSleepy Eye  N  S  TrimontSherburn
Worthington ← Jct N S  W  E  → Jct N SMankato

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