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The City of Goshen

Goshen is one of the principal cities of the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area. Also the county seat of Elkhart County, it is located in the northern portion of Indiana in the Michiana region. Before the area was colonized, it was inhabited by the Peoria people, the Miami people and the Potawatomi people for thousands of years.

After the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Removal Act in 1831, Goshen was platted the following year. Named after the Land of Goshen, the original settlers to the area were old stock "Yankee" immigrants from the overpopulated New England who deemed themselves the "chosen people." In 1833, the Treaty of Chicago was signed, which forced the Potawatomi to leave the Midwest in what is known today as the 1838 Potawatomi Trail of Death. Today, the city is a major recreational vehicle and accessories manufacturing center.


Goshen city was a "sundown town" for most of its history. In March od 215, the city acknowledges this past and apologized for such behaviors. As of the 2010 census, it is reported that Goshen is racially made up of:

  • 78.2% White
  • 28.1% Hispanic or Latino of Any Race
  • 14.8% Other Races
  • 2.7% Two or More Races
  • 2.6% African American
  • 1.2% Asian
  • 0.5% Native American

The city was estimated to have a population of 34,217 people as of 2019.

Goshen College

Goshen College was founded as the Elkhart Institute of Science, Industry and the Arts in 1894. The private liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Its research library, the Mennonite Historical Library, is home to one one of the most comprehensive collection of Mennonite and Anabaptist primary source material in the world. The college has an undergraduate student enrollment of 826 and can be found on South Main Street in Goshen.

Elkhart County 4-H Fair

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair is an annual festival in Goshen. One of the largest county fairs in the U.S., it features free grandstand entertainment and concerts. The fair was established in 1851 with a mission of providing a place for local farmers to learn about new farming techniques and compete for excellence in farming. Some of its events include a traditional ribbing cutting, cheerleading contest, Senior Queen Contest, Harness racing, musical acts, Family Day, the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade and "parade 5000," Senior Citizens Day, Kid's Day, Tractor pulls, Rodeo, horse pulling contest, car cruise, Demolition Derby, and many more.

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