Place:St. James, Watonwan, Minnesota, United States

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NameSt. James
Alt namesSaint Jamessource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCity
Coordinates43.967°N 94.617°W
Located inWatonwan, Minnesota, United States
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St. James is a city in and the county seat of Watonwan County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 4,605 at the 2010 census.

Minnesota State Highways 4, 30, and 60 are three of the main arterial routes in the city.

History

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In 1870, the directors of the St. Paul and Sioux City railroads chose the future townsite of St. James as the midpoint for a new railroad linking the two cities. Named by railroad director and former Minnesota Gov. Henry Hastings Sibley and railroad president E.F. Drake, the new city was incorporated in April 1871. It was the hometown of Minnesota Gov. Winfield Scott Hammond, a Democrat who served in 1915. In the 1940s, Theodore S. Mondale, the father of future Vice President of the United States Walter Mondale, was the pastor at First Methodist Church of St. James. Tony Downs Foods Co. has been a major employer since 1947, processing poultry and frozen meals.

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