HISTORY & ARCHIVES | MISHAWAKA, INDIANA | THE PRINCESS CITY
TIMELINE & MILESTONES of MISHAWAKA, INDIANA
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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