Introduction to Elkhart, Indiana
Elkhart is situated along the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers. Visitors often explore the nearby Amish region. The city contains numerous major parks including the popular Island Park. The South Bend metropolitan region is close by. The city is known as the "RV capital of the world" which can be attributed to the numerous recreational vehicle manufactures that are located in Elkhart. The Robert Young Rail Yard is recognized as one of the biggest freight classification yards in the entire world.
The region was originally inhabited by the Ottawa, Potawatomi and Chippewa Indians. In 1827, Jesse Rush and Andrew Naffsinger created settlements along the St. Joseph River. Dr. Havilah Beardsley bought a piece of land from a Potawatomi Chief and in 1832 hired a surveyor to establish a town site. The original plan contained 51 lots. In 1884 the Miles Medical Company was established and its products included Alka-Seltzer and Flinstones Vitamins.
- Elco Theater features theatrical productions, a variety of musicals and symphonies.
- Midwest Museum of Art.
- National New York Central Railroad Museum.
- Ruthmere House Museum showcases the history of Elkhart and a variety of art.
- Elco Performing Arts Center.
- Elkhart Historical Museum is a prominent museum.
- Woodlawn Nature Center.
- Elkhart Environmental Center provides hiking opportunities along the Elkhart River.
- The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum.
Events and Activities
The Elkhart Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the prominent jazz events in the country. The city also hosts one of the biggest county fairs in the nation. Some of the noteworthy events in the city include the Island of Blues, Great Race, Head of the Elk Regatta and the Rhapsody in Green. The downtown area has been revitalized and features numerous shops, restaurants and nightlife. Residents and visitors can access Island Park by walking across a bridge. The island is filled with huge sycamores and oak trees. The American Countryside Farmer's Market is popular with residents and tourists.
The city is served by the South Bend Regional Airport.
The Ivy Tech Community College and the Indiana University South Bend have campuses in the city. The Indiana Institute of Technology and Bethel College in Mishawaka have small campuses in Elkhart.