University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame makes up a big part of South Bend people's lives, from the popular Notre Dame football, to a variety of university and non-university sponsored activities on campus. Some non-university sponsored activities include car and RV shows, food and clothing drives, etc. Most of the excitement in South Bend usually comes from Notre Dame.
South Bend Silver Hawks baseball
The Silver Hawks are part of the class A Midwest League and they play their home games at Stanely Coveleski Regional Stadium. Built in 1988, 'the Cove,' initiated the minor league stadium building boom that is still sweeping the nation. The views are spot on, but what a difference a year makes: the current ownership group has really let the stadium go downhill. Watch out for pools of water, wasps and surly stadium workers.
Coveleski was a South Bend resident and a Hall of Fame spitball pitcher whose career spanned the 1920s. He ran a filling station in town which quickly became a hangout for kids who wanted to pick up a few baseball tips (which Coveleski gladly dispensed!) He's still refered to as the 'Pied Piper of South Bend' for the line of kids which always seemed to trail him.
FYI, a 'Silver Hawk' (always two words) was a vehicle model once produced by Studebaker, not some kind of bird.
Potato Creek State Park
Potato Creek State Park, located about 30 minutes southwest of South Bend, offers plenty of recreational activity in a restored prairie, wetland and forest environment. First devised by Darcy Worster and fellow conservation club members back in the 1930s, Potato Creek, a named influenced by the early Native Americans who collected a potato-like root around the area, was established in 1969 and formaly dedicated in 1977.
The state park has a spacious campground and the lake, named in honor of Worster, is popular with fishermen and boaters. Be sure to check out the Porter Rea Cemetery, on the east side of the lake, just of trail 4, which contains burial plots of the area's first freed African Americans, who settled in the area in the days preceeding the Civil War.
This Prairie-style home defintely stands out from the other homes on Washington Street. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906 and originally owned by Kersey DeRhodes, a prominent South Bend businessman, it is one of two FLW designs in South Bend. Note that it is privately owned.
MY home town.. South Bend, IN :(
"DTSB(Dirty Tacky Sad Boring= Down Town South Bend)"
I hope you enjoy your visit to DTSB, wheter a Business Traveler, Tourist, or curious former resident...You'll be sure to find lots of free parking! (but hurry its going, quick)
(Added NEW 2007 Tour pics.. Enjoy, them casue SB is still going down ..)
"2007 The Summer Tour.. "Where are all the people?""
I spent a beautiful Summer day in SB exploring the ruins.. For a 10 am till 4 pm weekday visit, I was sort of surprised at the lack of action.. Conscidering the hype I keep hearing of how DTSB is making a "comeback"
Well, its NOON, so lets hop on this mysteriously handy "Fantasy Island" cart and go look around.
I wonder what we will find?
Gee, where are all the people?
"Fall 2007 The sightseeing tour"
Here's some fall highlights..
Sure lots of pretty things to see on a Saturday in South Bend..
And many fascinating Things from the past..
BUT, WHERE are all the people?