St. James invites you to Discover the Ozarks Best when you visit this small community located in the Missouri foothills of the Ozark region.
Founded in 1869 , the town bears the name of one of the community’s leading benefactors – Lucy Wortham James. The town and the lives of it’s citizens are framed by an extraordinary location offering all the beauty of rural America with urban areas easily accessible.
St. James is surrounded by national and state forests and conservation areas that offer exceptional biking and hiking and is home to sparkling rivers that offer anglers with many choices including outstanding trout streams. For many, the area’s rivers and streams offer floating and wildlife watching opportunities and there are an assortment of campgrounds, cabins and canoe and raft businesses in the area.
St. James is home to five area wineries with one of these – the St. James Winery – operating as the largest wine producer in the Midwest. The land in and around St. James is dotted with vineyards and harvest brings visitors from all around to sample the locally-grown grapes and award-winning wines. The community has a quaint downtown that is bordered by Historic Route 66 and is home to several unique gift and antique stores. In addition, the community has over five miles of bike paths in the city limits including a section of trail that winds through a beautiful old-growth pine forest.
"Participating as a Host City in the 2008 Tour of Missouri provided St. James an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that our community is truly "The Ozarks' Best."
Being recognized with the 2008 Tour of Missouri Spirit Award was reward enough, however being selected to host a stage start for the 2009 Tour of Missouri compounds the pride of accomplishment within our community. We are thrilled to once again welcome the World to our doorstep."
Mayor Dennis I. Wilson