South Bend is situated in the northern part of the state of Indiana, and the seat of St. Joseph County, South Bend, is situated along the St. Joseph River which is adjacent to Mishawaka and is in the east-southeast of Chicago. An American agent for the American Fur Company established a trading post at the site in the 1820s, and in which it was bought by another businessman and named the area Big St. Joseph Station and was then promoted to be a European settlement. The state's first north-south highway in the Michigan Road was laid down nearby, and the covenant that was established came to be known as Southold. The community was eventually renamed for the great bend in the St. Joseph River. The past industries of South Bend were the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, the Oliver Chilled Work, and the Singer Sewing Machine Company.
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