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The City The guide was updated:Local legend supplies the name of Indiana's "Princess City". Its eponym is a legendary Shawnee Native American princess who was abducted and stabbed by Pottawatomie Indian Grey Wolf out of jealousy. Although Mishawaka survived the attack, Grey Wolf was killed by Deadshot, a white trapper whom Mishawaka loved. Mishawaka is memorialized by a bronze marker at Lincoln Park, one of the city's 29 parks.
In the early 1800s, bog iron deposits were discovered, and St. Joseph Iron Works was founded to mine the iron. In 1833, Mishawaka was born out of the convergence of St. Joseph Iron Works with Indiana City and two other small neighboring towns. The iron deposits supplied most of the city's industry until the middle of the 19th century when they exhausted and industry shifted to manufacturing, which remains a major part of Mishawaka's economy.
Major industries located in the area are Dodge Manufacturing Co., Bayer Inc. (healthcare), Nyloncroft (injection molding), and Janco Engineered Products.
Other industry present in Mishawaka are agriculture and transportation. Its situation on the St. Joseph River, on railways and at the intersection of major U.S. Interstates 80 and 90 have made it useful in the transportation of goods across the country. In addition to being home to Bethel College, Mishawaka is also close to Notre Dame University.