HERE ARE PHOTOS of Immaculate Conception Church, in Saint James, Missouri. The church is located in Phelps County, and is about 97 miles southwest of downtown Saint Louis on Interstate 44. It is part of the Diocese of Jefferson City.
The parish was founded in 1870, and is made up about about 190 families.
The town of Saint James is not named after the Greater or Lesser Apostles of Our Lord, but rather after the James family, who owned an iron mine and smelter southeast of town. The remains of the ironworks can be found at the Maramec Spring Park. Saint James is located on Big Prairie; prior to European settlement, this area was frequented by the Shawnee tribe who had a cemetery here. The town of Scioto was laid out in 1859, being renamed Saint James the next year.
This region was settled by Italian immigrants in 1898, who set up a significant wine and grape industry. There a number of fine wineries nearby.
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy.
The church was locked, but I was able to get this photo through the door.
316 East Scioto Street
Saint James, Missouri 65559