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Elkhart 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 Associated 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 College.
Area schools include: Elkhart Community Schools, Concord Community Schools, Goshen Community Schools, Middlebury Community Schools, Baugo Community Schools, and Wa-Nee Community Schools.
Elkhart's residents 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 buggies.
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.
For 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.
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