Rolla is a vibrant community offering residents and visitors a peek into the past with an eye towards to future. The city has strong ties to the Civil War, a rich train history, Route 66 heritage and strong Town and Gown relationship with Missouri S&T. With cutting-edge research, business and industrial development, and unique dining venues, all the amenities of a big city are offered in a friendly environment. Located in the Ozarks at the intersection of I-44 and Highway 63, Rolla is one of the most unique, balanced and livable communities in Missouri.
The most impressive quality in Rolla may be the outstanding recreational opportunities. The area offers abundant wildlife, hiking/biking trails and world-renown trout fishing within a few minutes drive. The 1.3 million acre Mark Twain National Forest surrounds Rolla along with the Gasconade, Little Piney and Meramec Rivers. For those interested in staying indoors, Rolla has a state-of-the-art recreation center and cultural opportunities at Leach Theatre within the Castleman Hall Performing Arts Center and Ozarks Actors Theatre. All of these qualities are why Rolla is engineered for business, fun, education, adventure and comfort.
Population (2008 estimate)
City of Rolla 17,817
Phelps County 42,838
"The City of Rolla is once again honored and thrilled to be a host finish for the Tour of Missouri. Placing our community on the world’s stage and recognizing the impact of this international event is an incredible opportunity. Our community truly embraced the race, the riders and spectators last year and looking forward to making an even greater impression in 2009."
William S. Jenks, III Mayor