Mishawaka, Indiana: A Local Guide

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About Mishawaka

Mishawaka is a city in the Penn Township of St. Joseph County, Indiana. Located on the St. Joseph River, it is the principal city of the South Bend–Mishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city's history began in the 1830s with the discovery of bog iron deposits. In 1831, the town of St. Joseph Iron Works was established as settlers moved to the area to mine the deposits. In 1833, it was incorporated with Indiana City and two other small towns to form the city of Mishawaka.

In September of 1872, a fire destroyed most of the city's business district. As citizens worked to rebuild the area, new businesses moved into Mishawaka and made it prosper. This includes Perkins Windmills, the Doge Manufacturing Company and the Mishawaka Wollen and Rubber Company (Uniroyal). By the late 1800s, the city had become known as the "Peppermint Capital of the World." In the mid-1900s, the economy for Mishawaka shifted to small industry and retail service.

As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 48,252 people and a total area of 17.348 square miles. It is nicknamed "the Princess City."

University Park Mall

University Park Mall is a shopping mall opened in 1979 in Mishawaka. Owned by Simon Property Group, it offers 137 stores and services and four anchors, with one being vacant. Some of the tenants of the shopping mall are:

  • Macy's
  • ecoATM
  • Lane Bryant
  • The Children's Place
  • Apple University Park Mall
  • PacSun
  • Barnes & Noble
  • JCPenney
  • The 13th Zodiac Mishawaka
  • Hoosier Cuts Barbershop
  • Icing
  • Pat's Pets
  • Blondie's Cookies
  • Express
  • Jared
  • Aerie Store
  • Five Guys
  • lululemon
  • Victoria Secret & PINK
  • Flat Top Grill

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Beutter Park

Beutter Park is located on the former site of Uniroyal, along the St. Joseph River. Named in honor of the city's past Mayor Robert C. Beutter, it is a popular spot for residents and visitors to spend some recreational time at. The park features a river race with fiber-optic underwater lighting and elliptical-shaped overlook weirs, two connecting bridges, the Mishawaka Riverwalk, an 800-foot perennial garden and the "Shards" sculpture. Enjoy the picturesque area as you take a stroll down the riverwalk and catch some of the summer concerts hosted at the park.

Shiojiri Nawa

Situated across from Merrifield Park on East Mishawaka Avenue is Shiojiri Niwa. The 1.3-acre park is a Japanese strolling garden that represents the Sister-City relation between Mishawaka, Indiana, and Shiojiri City, Japan. Dedicated in August of 1987, it was designed by Japanese Landscape Architect Shoji Kanaoka. Take a leisure stroll in the garden and explore over 20 different varieties of large plant materials, 200 large boulders, four bridges, a Bronze sculpture of two Americans and two Japanese children, and a teahouse pavilion.

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