Native dancer performs at annual Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa festival, marking the end of the huckleberry harvest. Photo courtesy South Bend Tribute
Growing Up on the Saint Joseph River
Explores the impact of the river on the history,
industry, and culture of South Bend. There have been two constants
in the South Bend community. First, immigrants have fueled and
nurtured the growth of the city from the French in the 1600s to the
Hispanic and Latin population today. Secondly, the St. Joseph River
has always been the heart of South Bend, starting with the Miami
and Potawatomi Indians. The presence of this river made the area a
natural trade stop and, later, a center for production and
Originally submitted by: Tim Roemer,Representative (3rd District).
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