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.
Minnesota State Highways 4, 30, and 60.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1 Princess Theater, 505 1st Ave S, ☏ . Historic cinema with weekend film screenings. Also functions as a community center.
- 1 Encore Coffee Cafe, 500 1st Ave S, ☏ . M-F 7AM-3:30PM, Sa 8AM-2:30PM. Coffee shop with a small food menu.
- 2 Jake's Pizza & Sandwich Shop, 408 1st Ave S, ☏ . M-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 4PM-9PM.
- 3 Plaza Jalisco, 608 1st Ave S, ☏ . 11AM-9PM daily. Mexican.
- 1 Super 8, 1210 Heckman Ct (east of 11th St S, near junction of Hwys 4 and 60), ☏ . 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+.
- St. James Plaindealer. Local weekly newspaper.
- 1 Watonwan County/St. James Library, ☏ . M, W-Th 10AM-8PM, Tu, F 10AM-5:30PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. The local public library provides free wireless internet access.
|Routes through St. James|
|Sauk Centre ← Sleepy Eye ←||N S||→ Trimont → Sherburn|
|Worthington ← Jct N S ←||W E||→ Jct N S → Mankato|