Upper St. Joseph River, Johnson Street Dam drone

A new WNIT documentary tells the story of the St. Joseph River and the people who have made a life along its shores for thousands of years. Pictured is the Elkhart Hydroelectric Plant & Dam at Johnson Street.

ELKHART — From Hillsdale in Michigan, through northern Indiana and eventually into Lake Michigan, the 206-mile-long St. Joseph River has had a major impact on life for thousands of years.

Now an ambitious documentary from WNIT, Michiana’s PBS station, tells the story of the river and the people who have lived along its shores in “St. Joseph River … Then, Now, Always.”

Construction of Johnson Street dam 1912 copy

People involved with the construction of the Elkhart Hydroelectric Plant & Dam on the St. Joseph River line up for a photo in 1912.

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