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Mottville

A Delightful Stop in Historic St. Joseph County
Welcome to Mottville
Welcome to Mottville

   

Meander into the village of Mottville and take a step back in time. Known as the village of "firsts" for St. Joseph county, Mottville was home to the first mill in St. Joseph county as well as the first tavern, which was opened by William Taylor, who later became the county's first sheriff. Before Mottville was established as a village in 1830, an elderly Indian Chief established a toll station on the old trail nearby, charging travelers a fee.

 

Bridge over the St. Joseph River
Bridge over the St. Joseph River

With its meandering waterways and small scenic lakes, the Mottville area has the most navigable streams of any county in the state. The historic Camelback Bridge is a 270-foot span erected in 1922. Today it offers pedestrians a beautiful walk across the St. Joseph River. Nearby Mill Creek Park is on 25 secluded acres. With nature trails, picnic tables and a canoe launch, it's the perfect spot for families and fishing enthusiasts looking to get away from it all.

 

For a little more excitement, visit the Mottville Speedway, which has been in continuous operation since 1950. The 1/4 mile asphalt oval racetrack holds races throughout the season and holds the national record for most nights raced in a single season.  

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