Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Great Place To Visit In Mishawaka Indiana


 Mishawaka is a city that borders South Bend.  When I moved to this area it was a busy manufacturing area, full of union shops.  One factory, Ball Band,  was located on the St. Joseph River.  It made rubber things including tennis shoes similar if not the same, Keds.  I'm not sure when the factory opened, or when it closed, but it sat empty and unused for many years.  Sometime along the way, the cities near here paid high bucks for a study on how they could make this area a more desirable place to live.  All reports advised that the cities should make the most of their access to the river that runs through South Bend, Mishawaka and Elkhart and more towns along it's path from where it starts in Michigan.  Long before the study, in 1981 Mishawaka started a fish hatchery to supply baby trout and salmon to the River.  All along the river path fish ladders were built and the St. Joseph River is one of the best places to fish for Salmon.

Mishawaka made good use of the advice given in the study.  They took down the Ball Band plant.  The implosion and resounding booms were heard all up and down the river.  It was a pretty impressive event.  The city built a really nice park where the factory once stood.  They created a river walk on both sides of the river all through most of the city.  You can now walk along the river all the way to down town South Bend.  The pictures above show one of the fish ladders.  The third picture is not of a rock, but a Mallard Duck who apparently can't read the sign that says "No Fishing Within 100 Feet of the Fish Ladder".  The 4th pic shows a well used fishing spot.

The area includes tennis courts, a wonderful children's playground, and  clean restrooms.  There are many talented wood carvers in our area, both by hand and by chain saw.  I'm not sure which artist created these totems from tree trunks, but you can see their work through out our local towns.

Belgian and Italian flags fly throughout the park honoring the rich heritage of the immigrants that settled here and helped to build the towns into what they are today.

Recently a couple of large condo/apartment complexes have been build in this area and another developer has expressed interest in building another.  Apparently there is a huge Millennial interest in living here and the River Walk and park area was mentioned as one of the reasons the area is so appealing.  Though the area is not so hugely dependent on manufacturing as it once was, there are many national corporate offices here.  We have excellent medical facilities and several colleges including Notre Dame supply many jobs.

Terry and I had never been to the River Walk area, though our grand kids go their often.  we needed to take our car in for service to a shop located a few blocks from the Riverwalk.  Though the work would take about 3 hours, we decided to leave the car and walk to a little cafe for breakfast.  OMGosh, they had a TV on with Gunsmoke playing.  Terry was right at home.  When we left, we walked over to see the River Walk and sauntered through about 8 blocks of it.  Terry spent a lot of time mentioning a building that used to be here or there.  It was such an enjoyable morning.  But by the time we got back to the repair shop, Terry was totally beat and glad to have a seat on the seat the shop owner had made from a bench front seat from an old car.

Here is Terry, it was a windy day and his hair is a mess. Gosh, I LOVE this guy!
Today, I am grateful for Terry and a Great Mechanic!!

Have you recently discovered a place you knew about, but never visited?  Were you as impressed as I was?

Have a great holiday.























13 comments:

  1. Growing up in Boston, I had a best friend who's mom was from there! We always got a kick out of saying that word! LOL Misha-wakka! You had to be there! No one ever knew what we were talking about!

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  2. Sounds like you had an enjoyable time. What a great place. Years ago I lived in South Bend in an apartment complex next to the river walkway there. Kayak races were held in that section and there was a nice area to walk along the river. I haven't thought about that place in a long time.

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  3. What a delightful post! I love towns that pay attention and adapt to changing times. It looks and sounds like a beautiful area. We, too, have a trail along the local river, the Jordan River, which ambles from Salt Lake south to the southern reaches of the valley. The Jordan Parkway is made for walking and cycling, and there are access points and parking lots in several locations along the way. So glad you two made a date out of what could have been a mundane morning! xo

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  4. Wow what a lovely post. Full of historical information and how things can change for the better. What a handsome guy you have messy hair and all. LOL

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  5. How very interesting! I never knew all those things about that area. The totems are beautiful. I'm glad you two got a chance to walk so much of it and enjoy the day while your car was fixed. I lived in Arizona for many years before I ever went to see the Grand Canyon. It was as beautiful and amazing as everyone says. =)

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  6. What a wonderful place! I am sure locals and tourists enjoy this River Walk area so much! And it sounds as if you and hubby did as well! Funny about the ducks and 'no fishing'....thanks for the post. Quite interesting....Seems several towns that have access to water and land are also building and calling the area River Walk! Seems Traverse City has one and I think Grand Rapids. Your area looks quite nice! Thanks again for the post!

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  7. Hi Carol,wow what a wonderful place,love your pics and sounds like a nice day and finding a lovely cafe topped your day off,thankyou for sharing your lovely day xx

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  8. Well, pleased to meet you, Terry! You are a distinguished looking fellow, and I must admit you have more hair than my Terry. Hooray for a wonderful day!

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  9. This sounds like a place we would love to visit...love those wood carvings. We go so little now...let alone find some place new.

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  10. That sounds like a great place to visit. It's heartening to hear of areas being brought back to life and especially of one creating a sympathetic balance between the natural environment and the local culture. Dear Terry! His hair looks perfect :)

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  11. I often think that the places that are near where we live are neglected in favour of far away fields. We should make more of an effort to see the attractions in our own area and would likely find all sorts of hidden gems. Thursday (weather permitting) my friend and I are celebrating her birthday and heading for a trail that's only about ten miles away. Neither of us has been there and it's supposed to have amazing views. We'll stop there and then head on for a few other stops at places we've never been. Should be a fun day!

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  12. Oh Carol! That was a great tour. I love learning about different places in our country. I have never been to Indiana. Your guy looks wonderful. :) Happy Labor Day! Kit

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  13. Beautiful place. I'm grateful I found you blog.

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