"Quaint Fuel Stop on the St. Joseph River" Bristol by atufft

Bristol Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 23 photos

St. Joseph River and Elkhart County

The St. Joseph River begins near the confluence of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, flowing west mostly within the state of Michigan until it empties into Lake Michigan. Briefly dipping into Indiana, the St. Joseph River provides canoeing and fishing recreation within Elkhart County, particularly at the small town of Bristol. I discovered the town during a fueling stop, a small station with low prices and pumps adequate for my monster rig. I walked around town for about an hour, reflecting upon how life may have been in this Indiana village a century ago. Bristol is a town of about 1,000 residents and its history is significant. For those hoping to get away from the I-90 toll road rest stops, Bristol is a good choice.

Old Homes, Church, and Cemetary

The most significant feature of this town along Hwy 20, which is about a mile south of I-90, is an old factory, but there's also great access to the St. Joseph River, a quaint tiny historic downtown, Episcopal Church, and pioneer cemetary.

  • Last visit to Bristol: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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