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  • The University of Notre Dame's Main Building has 1,250 thin strips of 8 oz. 23-karat gold, 3 microns thick.
  • The Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the University of Notre Dame campus is home to North America's oldest Carillon, which includes 23 bells and a seven ton great bell named St. Anthony.
  • The University of Notre Dame has the oldest continuously existing college band in the nation. When Notre Dame played football for the first time against Michigan in 1887, the Notre Dame Marching Band was already celebrating its 41st birthday.
  • Saint Mary's College consistently ranks at the top of its category in the U.S. News and World Report's annual survey of American colleges and universities. Saint Mary's ranks #1 in the "Midwest Comprehensive Colleges - Bachelor's" category.
  • Indiana University South Bend is the second largest satellite campus in the Indiana University network.
  • The University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business was ranked #1, for the fourth year in a row, on Bloomberg Businessweek's annual survey of "The Best Undergraduate Business Schools" in 2013.
As the shortest portage point between the St. Joseph River and the Kankakee River, this area was well known among native Americans, fur traders and missionaries who traveled from eastern shores to the Mississippi River and beyond. Since then, notoriety has stayed with us. Officially established in 1830, St. Joseph County was home to the Studebaker family and their iconic Studebaker Automobile Company. It was here that James Oliver developed his Chilled Plow into the most popular plow in the world. And it was a South Bend resident, Frank Herring, who first requested that a special day be set aside to honor all mothers.
We are a regional center for higher education. In addition to the University of Notre Dame, the South Bend Mishawaka area welcomes students to Bethel College, Brown Mackie College-South Bend, Holy Cross College, Indiana University South Bend, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Saint Mary's College and Trine University South Bend/Mishawaka. Each campus brings a rich variety of visual and performing arts, sporting events and year-round cultural activities.
  • The South Bend Chocolate Company produces more than 3,000 pounds of chocolate daily at its South Bend, Ind. factory.
  • Copshaholm, the Oliver Mansion, was the first house in South Bend to have electricity.
  • South Bend's Potawatomi Zoo opened in 1902 and is Indiana's oldest zoo.
  • Studebaker made its one millionth car in 1940.
  • South Bend's East Race Waterway was the first artificial whitewater course built in North America and opened in 1984.
  • The Studebaker National Museum houses the largest Presidential carriage collection, including the carriage that took President Lincoln to the Ford Theatre the night he was killed. The actual sounds of the carriage were recorded and used in the Stephen Spielberg film "Lincoln."
  • The Bodine State Fish Hatchery produces more than 400,000 trout and salmon for the Lake Michigan fishery.
  • Shioji Kanakoa, the Japanese landscape architect who designed Mishawaka's Shiojiri Niwa Friendship Gardens, also designed the Japanese Gardens in Epcot Center.

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