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 rather squat Beaux-Arts style building was constructed of Bedford limestone and granite in 1898. Located at 101 South Main Street, it marks the begining of the West Washington Historic District.
Abandon in 1966, some original buildings have been demolished, but many still stand and are occupied, giving the area south of South Bend's downtown a gritty manufacturing landscape.