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Indiana Historical Bureau

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St. Joseph Iron Works

Location: 300 block of N. Main Street, Mishawaka. Missing. (St. Joseph County, Indiana)

ID# : 71.1968.4


At this site Alanson M. Hurd, a Detroit, Michigan, businessman, built the first successful iron blast furnace in Indiana. The town he platted in 1833 on the south bank of the river was called the St. Joseph Iron Company. On February 17, 1838, the General Assembly incorporated Indiana City on the north side of the river and the St. Joseph Iron Company, with all additions, into one town, Mishawaka.


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