Well, I think it's safe to say...
Well, I think it's safe to say that the Irish (those that attend Notre Dame) are fanatical about their school and their football! So, don't insult them or their team... you're likely to evoke a not-so-friendly response! Also, refrain from wearing shirts from other schools ... I got yelled at for that!
Take a drive down the Kankakee River. After all, it's a part of the reason that South Bend is located where it's at. The directions used to be, Follow Lake Michigan's eastern shore south to the St. Joseph. You'll know it by the high bluffs and the shore starting to turn westward. Follow the St. Joe upstream to the 'south bend'. Here you'll find a village of Miami and Potawatomi's. Travel southwest over the portage 'til you reach the Kankakee. Follow the Kankakee downstream for 15 days (okay, I don't really know how many days), until you reach the Mississippi. St. Louis is just south pass the entrance of the Missouri.'
Visit my Kouts page for information on the Kankakee River and the Grand Kankakee Marsh.
South Bend Farmers Market
The South Bend Farmers Market is excellent. There are lots of people here every Saturday, which is the best day of the week to visit and shop at this market. Many locals from around northern Indiana come here to sell their produce, arts, crafts, breads, cakes, etc., so don't miss the South Bend Farmers Market. It has stands both indoors and outdoors. The market is open year-round.
Industrial history in the heartland
Today I drove to South Bend to visit the new Studebaker Museum (April 20, 2006). It is only an hour or so from home, but I have been here few times. So, all you will find here is my visit to the museum. The Conestoga Wagon was not built by Studebaker, but similar to their products. The Conestoga gets it's name from the Conestoga Creek in Lancaster Pennsylvania, where the earliest version of the wagons that tamed the plains were made.
Notre Dame / South Bend
There's not so much in South Bend, so I decided to just make this a Notre Dame page. Well, my friend goes to the University of Notre Dame, so I've been there a few times. If you've never heard of Notre Dame before, well, I don't know why you haven't! Their storied football history, their well-known academics, their Catholic ministry. Well, to say the least, it's a fairly well-know place the world-over. Anyway, if you happen to be in the South Bend area, which is in far north-central Indiana, stop in at Notre Dame and have a look around. It's a very nice looking campus, with lots of trees, huge quads, and obviously historic buildings. Make sure you take a look at Notre Dame Stadium, and if you can, step inside the Bascillica, a very ornate place of worship! ;)