St. Joseph Construction Board of Appeals - 6-27-2017
Please be advised that the St. Joseph Construction Board of Appeals will meet on Thursday, July 27 at 5 p.m., immediately following the Property Maintenance Board of Appeals meeting.
Municipal Band Concerts 2017 Summer Schedule
Update for Sunday, August 6th: There will be only one concert held on Sunday, August 6, which will be the Big Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. as there is a special tribute to the St. Joseph Municipal "Big Band"; featuring vocal soloists Madeline Schrock and Leo Carmody.Read more ...
2017 CSO Project Update 7-17-17
This is an update for the 2017 CSO Project for the Week of July 17th.Read more ...
Sewer Televising Update 7-24-2017
Redzone Robotics has returned to the City to undertake additional sewer televising, the work is expected to be underway until the end of August.Read more ...
There will be a Primary Election held on August 8, 2017 as seven candidates successfully filed petitions to fill three seats on the St. Joseph City Commission from terms expiring in November.Read more ...
2017 Resurfacing Project Bid Package
Advertisement for Sealed Bids: Bids will be received untill 3:00 p.m., August 9, 2017 by the City of St. Joseph.Read more ...
Press Release: City of St. Joseph Offers Pickleball
The City of St. Joseph is now offering open Pickleball at the John and Dede Howard Ice Arena. To view the 6-26-17 Press Release, please click here.
July 2017 " City Connection" Newsletter
The July 2017 City Connection newsletter has been published.
To read all the latest news, click here.
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%.