Created By: PocketSights Ruthmere Tours
From 1831-1856, Havilah Beardsley played an important role in Elkhart’s early expansion and development. Havilah built several mills, including a paper mill, a linseed oil mill, and a woolen mill. He constructed mill races from Christiana Creek to the Saint Joseph River and used the power of Elkhart’s waterways so that his mills could grind corn and wheat, as well as cut lumber. His mills promoted early growth by making valuable resources available locally, such as lumber, flour, and cloth materials. They also provided valuable services to other local businessmen looking to deal, or sell their own products.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Elkhart's Beardsley Tour (Blue Tour)