I have many fond memories of growing up in Mishawaka's West End. The West End is generally considered the area south of the railroad tracks to Rose Park, and west of Main St to Logan St.
Most of the homes in the West End were constructed from the early 1920's through roughly the 1960's. The neighborhood was originally settled by Italian and Belgium immigrants. Today, the West End is a melting pot.
The area still has several neighborhood taverns and restaurants, as well as a small retail area along 7th St. Included among these are the World Famous West End Bakery a fixture since 1928, DeAmici's Italian Club, the BK Club, and many others. The Wander Inn Tavern that still sits at the corner of Main St and 6th, was opened by my Grandpa Frank Canarecci after he returned home from WWII and he continued to operate it until 1981 when he retired.
I spent most of my summer days playing baseball at Rose Park. Rose Park is just over 18 acres with 3 softball diamonds, volleyball and basketball courts, a new splash pad, and bocce ball courts.
There is much more to enjoy in my hometown of Mishawaka, Indiana, but I invite you to come and visit for yourself.