is located at the northern end of Indiana on the Michigan border
along Interstates 80/90 and US highways 33 and 20, east of South
Bend, where the Elkhart River meets the St Joseph River. It is approximately
midway between Detroit and Indianapolis and about 100 miles east
of Chicago. City population is approximately 44,840 although the
surrounding area makes for a much larger population. Because it
is dissected by the two rivers and lies on level farmland, it is
considered one of Indiana's richest farming centers.
The name of Elkhart
came from a group of Indians camped at the mouth of the St Joseph
and Elkhart rivers. It was said they believed the island that is
nestled in the mouth resembles an elk's heart.
Elkhart is also known
as both the Band Instrument capital of the World and the Recreational
Vehicle Manufacturing Center of the Nation. It is a thriving manufacturing
center of Indiana.
Elkhart is surrounded
by a number of fine colleges. In Elkhart, is the Anabaptist
Mennonite Biblical Seminary. In nearby South Bend, Indiana,
is Notre Dame University
and IUSB, Indiana
University at South Bend. Nearby, in Goshen, Indiana, is Goshen
schools include: Elkhart
Community Schools, Concord
Community Schools, Goshen
Community Schools, Middlebury
Community Schools, Baugo
Community Schools, and Wa-Nee
enjoy a variety of parks, lakes and rivers for recreation year 'round.
They also enjoy the strong Amish
influence in the area. Elkhart is one of the few places where
you will see high speed modern transportation alongside horse drawn
Elkhart has a number
of annual events thoughout the year including the Jazz
Festival in late June, and Rhapsody in Green. One of the biggest
yearly events county-wide is the Elkhart
County 4-H Fair in July.
Cultural activity includes
a Municipal Band, the Midwest
Museum of American Art, National
New York Central Railroad Museum, The
Lerner (formerly the Elco Performing Arts Center), and the Recreational
Vehicles-Motor Homes Hall of Fame.
a fuller background of Elkhart please click here.
For the latest news
of the Elkhart area check out The
Elkhart Truth newspaper.
Elkhart has an average
year around temperature of 50 degrees. It is the warmest in July
and the coldest in January. Elkhart is the wettest in July and the
driest in February. Annual precipitation here is 38 inches with
an average snowfall of 70 inches. Local
live weather radar.