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Mishawaka, the Princess City, lies nestled along the meandering path of the
St. Joseph River. The city is named after Princess Mishawaka, daughter of Shawnee
Chief Elkhart. The legend of her romance with white trapper Deadshot, and abduction
by her jealous Indian suitor Grey Wolf, characterizes the mixture of romance and history
still found in Mishawaka today.
The citys history began with the discovery of bog iron deposits in the early 1830s.
Settlers arriving to mine these deposits founded the town of St. Joseph Iron Works
in 1821. Within a couple years, the town had a blast furnace, a general store, a tavern,
and about 200 residents. Business prospered, and in 1833, St. Joseph Iron Works plus
three other small towns nearby were incorporated into one Mishawaka.
In September of 1872, a fire destroyed three quarters of Mishawakas business district.
However, the persevering citizens rebuilt and attracted new industry. The Dodge
Manufacturing Company, Perkins Windmills and the Mishawaka Woolen and Rubber Company
(later Ball Band then Uniroyal) all helped the town to prosper industrially. The town also
grew agriculturally. In the late 1800s, the city gained the title as the "Peppermint Capital
of the World" due to the rich black loam found in the area that yield great quantities of mint.
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