Goshen is the heart of the Midwest and the Amish country as well as the middle of Elkhart County. Chicago, just 120 miles to the west, is within easy reach by way of the Indiana Toll Road. Other major cities in proximity to Goshen include:
The area that would become Goshen, Indiana was originally inhabited by Indians speaking Algonquian languages, including the Miami, Potawatomi, and Delaware peoples. In 1679 the French explorer Sieur de La Salle began exploring the Great Lakes region and claimed it for France. The area began to be settled by the French after La Salle had made peace with the local Miami Indians. Following the French and Indian war, the English came into power and the area was permanently settled. The city was officially named Goshen (probably named after Goshen, New York) in 1831, and at the same time it was declared the county seat for Elkhart County.
The city is known as a center of manufacturing for recreational vehicles and accessories, the home of Goshen College, a nationally recognized liberal arts college, and home to the Elkhart County 4-H Fair, the second largest county fair in the United States.
There are four parks in Goshen with greenways and trails that wind through the city. The Elkhart County Fairgrounds is the venue of the Elkhart County Fair, which is held in late July every year. It is the biggest county fair in Indiana and is reported to have the second largest attendance in the country. Another interesting local event is the Goshen Air Show, which is held annually at the Goshen Municipal Airport.