Mishawaka's History Timeline

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First white man, LaSalle, arrived in area


Indian wars involving the Shawnees, Potowatomi, and Ottawa Tribes; Princess Mishawaka involved in war


Indian village Mish-a-wa-ka at the rapids


Saint Joseph Iron Works incorporated as a village


The Indiana General Assembly combines all four plats/villages under the name of MISHAWAKA (February 7)


First brewery opens. In 1887, becomes the Kamm & Schellinger Brewery


Great Mishawaka Train Wreck Thirty-two people were killed near the present day intersection of Ironwood and Lincoln Way West. (June 27)


Mishawaka Fire. The fire destroyed forty-two buildings between First and Third Streets and Spring and Race Streets. (September 5)


William and Wallace Dodge formed the "Magic Jack Company" which later evolved into the Dodge Manufacturing Company, a maker of power transmissions.


All-knit woolen boot created by Adolphus Eberhart and Martin Van Beiger causing the growth of the Mishawaka Woolen Company, which later became Ball Band.


Battell Park given to the City by the Battell family. Battell Park is the city's oldest park.


Civil War statue dedicated in Battell Park.


The village of Mishawaka votes to incorporate into a city; Manuel M. Fisher elected the first mayor (May 8)


Mishawaka Public Utilities Company organized


Simplex Motor Car Company was incorporated. In 1909, the name was changed to Amplex Motor Car Company. In 1911, two Amplex autos were entered into the first Indianapolis 500. One car crashed, killing its driver and causing the first race fatality, and the other car finished seventh and the driver won $800.00.


World War I Memorial Band Shelter dedicated in Battell Park on Memorial Day


Eberhart Golf Course opens. Petro Park added included into the golf course in 1949


Normain Heights, a subdivision for WW II veterans, begins development north of McKinley Avenue


City's first Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) begins

operation, treating sewage before returning it to the river.


Sister City Declaration with Shiojiri, Japan


University Park Mall opens


Main Street Bridge over I-80/90 opens connecting Main Street from downtown to State Road #23


Shiojiri Garden dedicated


Mishawaka begins development of the Mishawaka River Center, the former site of the Uniroyal complex in downtown Mishawaka


Robert C. Beutter Riverfront Park opens at River Center


Saint Joseph Health Systems opened a $355 million dollar, 658,000 square foot hospital on Holy Cross Parkway


City of Mishawaka becomes debt free after carrying continuous General Obligation Bond Debt for over 100 years;

Central Park renovated to include a series of shelters, play equipment and a programmable fountain

Historical Pictures of Mishawaka

Vintage photo of Mishawaka High School class of 1888
MHS Class of 1888


Vintage photo of Main Street in Mishawaka, circa 1890's
Main Street Circa 1890's


Vintage photo of Main Street in Mishawaka looking north
Main Street Looking North 

 Vintage photo of the Woolen Mill building
Woolen Mill 1902
Vintage photo of Mishawaka High School football team,1902
1902 MHS Football


Vintage photo of Battell Park, 1905
1905 Battell Park


Vintage photo of Mishawaka Fire Department with fire truck, 1940.
Fire Department 1940 

 Vintage photo of the Post Office, 1959.
1959 Post Office


Vintage photo of the Mishawaka Police Department, 1963.
Police Department 1963


Vintage photo of the Post Office mail cart, 1966.
1966 Post Office mail cart


Vintage photo of Dill Camera storefront, 1970.
Dill Camera Store 1970 

Vintage photo of former City Hall, 1986.
1986 Former City Hall