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Request for Proposals (RFP) Engine 104 Refurbishment
The City of St. Joseph is accepting proposals from interested bidders with sufficient information to submit proposals for consideration by the City of St. Joseph in connection with its needs for the refurbishment of a 1998 Pierce Quantum Pumper.Read more ...
Agenda for City Commission Meeting, Monday September 16 @ 6 PM
To view the agenda items before the St. Joseph City Commission at their meeting Monday, Septembr 16th at 6 p.m., please click on http://stjosephcitymi.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx .
Agenda for Special City Commission Meeting, Monday 9/16 @ 5 PM
To view the agenda items before the St. Joseph City Commission at their meeting Monday, September 16 at 5 p.m., please click on http://stjosephcitymi.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx
Job Opening: Howard Ice Arena Seasonal
The City of St.Joseph is seeking mature, reliable individuals to fill several positions at the Howard Ice Arena for the upcoming Fall/Winter season.Read more ...
Community Fun Guide Fall 2019
To view the fall recreational newsletter, click here.
Notice of Rescheduled Public Meeting: Water Services Joint Operating Board (WSJOB)
Please be advised that the September meeting of the Water Services Joint Operating Board has been changed to September 18th, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the St. Joseph Water Plant located at 1701 Lions Park Drive.Read more ...
June PFAS Test Results
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are a group of chemicals that have been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an emerging contaminant on the national level.Read more ...
Please follow this link http://www.stjoseph.lib.mi.us to take a survey for the Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library. On the front page under "we want your feedback!", click on "complete our survey".
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Tour of St. Joseph, Michigan
Your tour will start at Lake Bluff Park, near the Whitcomb Hotel. As you scan the area below the bluff you notice the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum with its many sculptures and park benches, the St. Joseph River, the St. Joseph Lighthouse and magnificent Lake Michigan. It is these vital waterways that have helped shape the destiny of the region.
St. Joseph's history began almost 100 years before the American Revolution when the mouth of the St. Joseph River was discovered and documented in 1669. Ten years later, the explorer LaSalle and his 14 men cleared a piece of land and started the construction of Fort Miami on the bluff around the St. Joseph River. LaSalle's stay was not long however, and the area was mostly populated by Native Americans, trappers and soldiers until 1785 when William Burnett established a trading post and became the first permanent settler.
The Carey Mission Treaty of 1828 opened the area to commerce and St. Joseph began to grow. In 1829, the area's first full-time resident, New Yorker Calvin Britain, made the long trek to southwest Michigan. As the port of St. Joseph prospered, it became the principal transportation artery for the entire region. The settlement grew into a village originally called Newberryport in honor of a prominent businessman.
Today, St. Joseph is nestled on the southern tip of what has been termed "The Riviera of the Midwest." This deepwater port town is a growing resort community - part of a "small town" chain stretching from the state line in a spectacular arc along Lake Michigan. Grain, wool, maple sugar, furs, and lumber, tools, hardware and furniture are shipped in and out of the river's mouth. The St. Joseph Lighthouse stands in the midst of activity as boaters, fishermen and water-skiers take advantage of Lake Michigan.
In 1860, wooden sidewalks were built. Since then, downtown St. Joseph, while still maintaining some of its older storefronts, has changed tenfold. Located just 90 miles from downtown Chicago, St. Joseph is a community of 8,800 people situated within the larger Benton Harbor/St. Joseph MSA of 162,000 people. The City of St. Joseph has continually operated at full economic capacity, with citywide unemployment rates typically hovering around 2%.
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