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Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Meeting 5/13 @ 8:00 AM
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting of the City of St. Joseph is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.Read more ...
Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting, Thursday, May 13 @ 4:30 pm
The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 4:30 pm.Read more ...
City of St. Joseph Seeking Finance Director/City Treasurer
The City of St. Joseph is seeking a Finance Director/City Treasurer.Read more ...
Draft 2021-22 Budget and Capital Improvement Plan
The draft 2021-2022 Budget and draft 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan are available for review at the following links.
The budget will be reviewed at a public hearing during the City Commission regular meeting at 6:00 p.m., Monday, May 10, 2021.
Job Opening: Seasonal Parks Laborer
Make the most of our gorgeous Michigan summers by working outdoors as a Seasonal Parks Laborer with the City of St. Joseph!Read more ...
Job Opening: Water & Sewer Serviceperson
The City of St. Joseph is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Water & Sewer Serviceperson. Knowledge of water and sewer systems is desirable.Read more ...
“Through a partnership with Spectrum Health Lakeland, Lake Michigan College, and the City of St. Joseph, a three-part virtual panel discussion will explore how historical laws, policies, and practices laid the foundation for today’s racial inequities.Read more ...
Job Opening: Seasonal Laborer
The City of St. Joseph is currently accepting applications for the position of Seasonal Laborer in the Public Works Department.Read more ...
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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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