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South Bend, Indiana - Legendary


Nestled along the banks of the St. Joseph River in Indiana, South Bend and neighboring Mishawaka are communities rich in industrial history. As home to the University of Notre Dame and the Fighting Irish, the future is equally important. Football has a special place in their hearts as evidenced by the College Football Hall of Fame.

Local Manufacturers
At one time Indiana had more than 500 automobile manufacturers, so it’s only natural that the history of transportation - 140 years of local industry - can be found at the new Studebaker National Museum. Until recently, the collection was housed in a building constructed by the former Studebaker Corporation for its largest dealership, Freeman-Spicer. Cars on display include the first and last vehicles produced by Studebaker, carriages of four U.S. Presidents, as well as prototypes.

Copshaholm, an opulent and historic 38-room mansion of industrialist J.D. Oliver, is a house museum and is filled with original furnishings from the mid-17th to 20th centuries. The Oliver family founded the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, a major international manufacturer of farm implements in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Tippecanoe Place Restaurant, a fine continental restaurant, was originally the home of former Studebaker Company President Clement Studebaker. Tippecanoe Place was completed in 1889 at a cost of a little more than $300,000. The home contains 40 rooms and 20 fireplaces.

Football, Shopping and Academia
Every day will feel like a Saturday afternoon at the College Football Hall of Fame. The game comes to life through interactive exhibits, video, sound and the nation’s largest collection of football memorabilia. Learn about the legends of the game.

Mishawaka is the destination for many shoppers with the “Grape Road Shopping District” offering hundreds of discount, chain and specialty stores. It is the second largest retail concentration in Indiana, so remember to bring comfortable shoes.

Adjacent to the city of South Bend is the 162-year-old campus of the University of Notre Dame. Founded in 1842 by a priest as a school for young men, it became co-educational 130 years later. Today it is an independent Catholic university. Landmarks include the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the 14-story Hesburgh Library with its 132-foot high mural and the Main Building with its golden dome.

South Bend and Mishawaka are approximately 90 miles east of Chicago.



South Bend / Mishawaka
Convention and Visitors Bureau

Commerce Center
401 East Colfax Avenue, Suite 310
South Bend, IN 46634
(800) 519-0577

Studebaker National Museum
201 South Chapin Street
South Bend, IN 46601
(888) 391-5600
(574) 235-9714
College Football Hall of Fame
111 South St. Joseph Street
South Bend, IN 46601
(800) 440-3263
(574) 235-9999

University of Notre Dame

111 Eck Visitors' Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-5726

Photos Courtesy: Studebaker National Museum photo by Matt Cashore - The South Bend / Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau; a Studebaker Champion - The South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau; exterior view of Tippecanoe Place Restaurant - The South Bend/Mishawaka Convention and Visitors Bureau