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City of South Bend, Indiana
South Bend Fast Facts
Coordinates: 41°40′21″N 86°15′19″W / 41.6725°N 86.25528°W / 41.6725; -86.25528
o 69 miles northwest of Ft. Wayne
o 73 miles east of Chicago
o 127 miles southeast of Chicago
o 132 miles north of Indianapolis
o South Bend Regional Airport, South Bend
o Gary/Chicago Airport: 50 miles
o Chicago Midway Airport: 74 miles
Population: 107,789 residents
The city of South Bend is the county seat of St. Joseph County. Its name derives from its geography: South Bend is located on the St. Joseph River near its southernmost bend. South Bend is the fourth largest city in Indiana and houses the prestigious University of Notre Dame. The area was originally settled in the early 18th century by fur traders, and established as a city in 1865. The St. Joseph River shaped South Bend's economy through the mid-20th century. River access assisted heavy industrial development such as that of Studebaker, Oliver Chilled Plow Company and other large corporations.
As the shortest portage point between the St. Joseph River and the Kankakee River, this area was well known among Native Americans, fur traders and missionaries who traveled from eastern shores to the Mississippi River and beyond. Officially established in 1830, St. Joseph County was home to the Studebaker family and their iconic Studebaker Automobile Company. It was here that James Oliver developed his Chilled Plow into the most popular plow in the world. Today, the Studebaker National Museum is a popular place to learn more about this important piece of Indiana history.
A South Bend resident is credited with creating Mother’s Day. Frank Herring gave the first public speech asking that a special day be set aside to honor mothers in 1904. Although Congress did not officially declare Mother’s Day as the second Sunday in May until 1914, Herring has since been known as the “Father of Mother’s Day.”
Things to Do in South Bend
South Bend is a regional center for higher education. In addition to the University of Notre Dame, the greater South Bend area welcomes students to Bethel College, Brown Mackie College-South Bend, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Saint Mary's College and Trine University South Bend/Mishawaka. Each campus brings a rich variety of visual and performing arts, sporting events and year-round cultural activities.
You can quite literally "shop till you drop" in Mishawaka's Grape Road/Main Street shopping corridor. After all, it's the second largest retail center in the state of Indiana. You could spend half a day at the University Park Mall alone. The mall has more than 120 stores to explore. Within a short one-mile drive of the mall, you'll find new shopping centers, your standard "big box" retailers and a selection of locally owned specialty shops.
Dining options in South Bend are unlimited. Downtown South Bend offers a variety of restaurants, including local favorites such as Macri’s and South Bend Chocolate Company. The city also has an assortment of national chains.
The College Football Hall of Fame, located in downtown South Bend, celebrates football through a 360-degree film viewing area, an interactive skills training course, and exhibits dedicated to football through the ages.
The Northern Indiana Center for History features historic representations of the people and life of the St. Joseph River Valley area, from the prehistoric era to the present. The center is located in the West Washington Historic District of South Bend, and includes Copshaholm House Museum, the Center for History, Kid's First Children's Museum, and the Worker's Home Museum.
The Potawatomi Zoo, established in 1902, is the oldest accredited zoo in the state of Indiana. The zoo features lions, African wild dogs, leopards, tigers, and many more. Visitors can also enjoy a ride on the scenic Zoo Train.
Art Beat is a free event held annually in downtown South Bend. The celebration features a collection of work by local visual, culinary, and performing artists. With over 230 artists and 10,000 visitors each year, Art Beat is a great place to enjoy the best local talent.
Baseball fans can enjoy a minor league game at Coveleski Stadium. Coveleski is home of the South Bend Silverhawks, a class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Coveleski Stadium offers affordable ticket prices, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy a baseball game.
East Race Waterway, the first man-made whitewater rafting facility in Northern America, brings whitewater rafting to downtown South Bend. All equipment is provided, and there are also fishing options nearby. East Race Waterway is also surrounded by more than five miles of walking and bike trails along the St. Joseph River.
Official Greater South Bend Area Visitors Guide
Anytime Fitness, South Bend
South Bend Community School Corporation
University of Notre Dame
Brown Mackie College-South Bend
Holy Cross College
Indiana University South Bend
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana: North Central
Saint Mary's College
Trine University South Bend/Mishawaka
Memorial Hospital & Health System
South Bend Hotel Guide
The Official Website of St. Joseph County
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