South Bend in St. Joseph County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
A Window To Our Past
As thousands of years passed, the river narrowed to its present boundaries. The high bank you see before you would serve as the southern boundary for the river. The northern compliment of this bank can be found at the intersection of La Salle and Eddy streets in South Bend. How did the bank get to be so high? Actually, itís not that the south bank is so high, but rather the north bank is so low. The glacial material that was formerly present here gradually washed away until all that remained was a level plain. The power of the riverís current caused it to cut further into its own bed, year after year. Even today, the river continues to cut deeper into its own channel.
South Bend was a much different
Many animals, no longer seen in the city, called the river their home. About 150 years ago, beaver, muskrat, mink, otter and bald eagles all made their home along the St. Joseph River. The St. Joe, with its sandy and gravelly bottom, was an ideal breeding location for walleye, northern pike and small-mouth bass. Giant Lake Sturgeon, six feet in length, were seen by the original settlers of the city passing through the shallow water near Leeper Park en route to their breeding grounds. How could the fish be seen so easily? At the time of the cityís founding in the 1820's, the river was described as “cool, clear, and swift,” with its bottom visible from any vantage point overlooking the water.
Location. 41° 40.434′ N, 86° 14.574′ W. Marker is in South Bend, Indiana, in St. Joseph County. Marker can be reached from S. St. Louis Boulevard south of E. Jefferson Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in the central part of Howard Park; the above directions are to the parking lot for the park. Marker is in this post office area: South Bend IN 46617, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Howard Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln & Dixie Highways (approx. 0.4 miles away); Replica of the Statue of Liberty (approx. half a mile away); St. Joseph County Civil War Monument (approx. half a mile away); On This Site South Bend Was Founded (approx. half a mile away); The Sons of Israel Synagogue (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jewish Cemetery Site (approx. 0.7 miles away); Home of Hon. Schuyler Colfax (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Bend.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.