Created By: Ruthmere
The confluence of the Elkhart River and the St. Joseph River set the stage for Elkharts manufacturing heritage. Dr. Havilah Beardsley, the founder of Elkhart, saw the potential for water-driven power in 1831, establishing many mills including flour, saw, linseed oil, carding and even a paper mill while developing Elkhart until his death in 1856. The History Hike for Fitness is a partnership between Ruthmere, Beacon Health System, and the Elkhart City Parks.
This point of interest is part of the tour: History Hike For Fitness