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.
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Minnesota State Highways 4, 30, and 60.
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- 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.
- St. James Plaindealer. Local weekly newspaper.
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|Routes through St. James|
|Sauk Centre ← Sleepy Eye ←||N S||→ Trimont → Sherburn|
|Worthington ← Jct N S ←||W E||→ Jct N S → Mankato|