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Alanson Hurd bought and shipped building supplies for his factory from Detroit and shipped them to St. Joseph River on keel boats to the site of his blast furnace. Earl and Elias Smith brought a large group of men (some records say 100 men) from Detroit to the blast furnace to work. Yerrington was a bookkeeper and clerk for Alanson Hurd who eventually became the postmaster of the small village. Yerrington petitioned the government to permanently name the small village Mishawaka and officially name the post office the same name.
As soon as the men arrived they began building the blast furnace which would go on to be the very first blast furnace in Indiana. Joseph Iron Works and the men that lived around the factory called their little village (also) St. This was the name of the town before it was permanently changed to Mishawaka. The Indiana Legislature officially ‘set’ the name on December 11, 1833.
This was laid out as a separate, independent town whose developers, Joseph Battell, James R.
Lawrence and Grove Lawrence, platted and registered it on June 28, 1836. Battell to the city of Mishawaka to be used as a park and is still known as Battell Park today.
During this period in Mishawaka’s history, everything revolved around the St. Earl Smith opened a tavern and small boarding house for several of the factories workers. One year later the first post office, named Mishawaka, was built. Joseph Iron Works began to make castings for stoves, plows, cooking utensils, mill gears, and shipped pig iron to Detroit.
The company also opened a small store called the A. Another interesting development in the settlement of Mishawaka was that about the time the town was being platted out with many different additions, a plat situated on the north side of the river became known as Indiana City. He found a deposit of bog iron [rock-like geologic deposits containing a very small amount of crude iron] and followed it to the swampy and wet areas south of the river and found that this land, also, contained large deposits of bog iron. Joseph River along the rapids where Mishawaka would later be founded. FREE Fudge samplings donated by Kilwin's Chocolates and Ice Cream No cover to stay afterward and shoot pool, throw darts, listen to the live band upstairs, or dance with a DJ on the main floor at on Saturday, TBA at our next South Bend Lock and Key Event.It's the interactive and FUN way to socialize, make new friends, meet your match...just to have a great time! Grab a cocktail and get ready to Unlock Your Possibilities.Water power from the river rapids could power machinery and the blast furnace would smelt the bog iron to make iron castings. Hurd applied for land to establish a village and his factory.