(See also the Clickable Map of the area.)
The city of Rolla, home to the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR), is situated on the edge of Missouri's Ozark Plateau region.
The UMR campus includes a mineral museum (in Nutt Hall) which includes displays dating from the 1904 World's Fair. The campus also used to feature a half-sized replica of the world-famous Stonehenge, but what seemed a permanent fixture on the campus was dismantled and replaced with additional classroom buildings; a visit to the site in the summer of 2008 yielded nary a trace.
Rolla has an active and vibrant downtown area.
For Mother Road flavor, Rolla offers not one, but TWO old-fashioned roadside trading posts. The Mule T.P. is several miles outside town on the eastern approach (near the village of Dillon), while the Totem Pole T.P.—which was formerly located near the town of Clementine—is on the west side.