1400 Independence Rd.
Rolla, MO
573-308-3500

Created by an act of Congress in 1879, the USGS has evolved over the years, matching its talent and knowledge to the progress of science and technology. Today, the USGS stands as the sole science agency for the Department of the Interior.

Similar to the history of the USGS itself, the Rolla – USGS connection has gone through many changes through the years. The Water Resources Discipline (WRD) opened the Rolla office in 1921, with a modest space in the Rolla Building on the campus of the Missouri School of Mines (MSM), now Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T).

In 1932 the geographic mapping function, formerly called the Topographic Branch, also got its start in the Rolla Building at MSM. Both USGS offices expanded and at times were located at many different locations throughout the UMR campus and downtown Rolla. In 1976, both USGS disciplines were brought together under one roof on Independence Road.

The Rolla USGS Center is proud of its contributions to the advancement of science, support of the Nation, and involvement with the local communities.

Tours can be taken Monday-Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm.

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