The historic wooden footbridge over the BNSF Railway once carried motor vehicle traffic on Main Street. The Southwest Branch of the Pacific Railroad (now BNSF) reached Rolla in December 1860 and played an important role in the Civil War.
Limestone Block Jail
Park St. and 2nd St.
The jail was built in 1860 and was operated by Phelps County from 1860 to 1912. Union forces, which took over the town in 1861, used the jail for both military and civilian prisoners during the American Civil War.
Created in 1879, the USGS has evolved over the years, matching its knowledge to the progress of science and technology. Today, the USGS stands as the sole science agency for the Department of the Interior.