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South Bend,city (1990 pop. 105,511), seat of St. Joseph co., N Ind., on the great south bend of the St. Joseph River, in a farming and mint-growing region; inc. as a city 1865. An industrial city, its products include transportation equipment; metal, plastic, electrical, electronic, wood, paper, and glass products; consumer goods; machinery; chemicals; foods; and building materials. There are also precious metal recycling, steel processing, custom embroidering, and meat processing industries. The Studebaker manufacturing corporation, founded there in 1852, was a major producer of automobiles in the 20th cent. until production ceased in 1963. LaSalleLa Salle, Robert Cavelier, sieur de
, 1643–87, French explorer in North America, one of the most celebrated explorers and builders of New France.
He entered a Jesuit novitiate as a boy but later left the religious life.
..... Click the link for more information. , the French explorer, camped in the area in 1679. South Bend was settled c.1820 as a post of the American Fur CompanyAmerican Fur Company,
chartered by John Jacob Astor (1763–1848) in 1808 to compete with the great fur-trading companies in Canada—the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company. Astor's most ambitious venture, establishment of a post at Astoria, Oreg.
..... Click the link for more information. on the site of a French mission and trading post. The old St. Joseph County Courthouse (1855) houses a museum. South Bend is the seat of the Univ. of Notre Dame, with its famous football team, athletic facilities, art gallery, and huge library. St. Mary's College and a campus of Indiana Univ. are also in the city.
a city in the northern part of the United States, in Indiana; situated on the St. Joseph River. Population, 123,000 (1974; with suburban areas, 280,000). The city’s industries include machine building (automobiles, agricultural machinery, machine tools, electrical equipment, surgical instruments), metalworking, and the production of rubber, chemicals, and food. The city has a university.