South Bend, Washington
South Bend is the self-described Oyster Capital of the World, and the oyster industry still plays an important role in many towns around Willapa Bay. The logging industry also has played a major role in the region. When the railroad reach South Bend in 1892, the locals had visions of the town becoming "the Baltimore of the Pacific", but that never happened.
Today visitors can learn about the area's history at the Pacific County Historical Society Museum and take in local outdoor activities.
Robert E. Bush Memorial (W11A0123)
Robert Bush was a US Navy corpsman who was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Battle of Okinawa. After the war he returned to Washington and eventually founded the Bayview Lumber Company in South Bend. The memorial is located in the park that bears his name.
Robert Bush Memorial Park (W11A0118)
Sculptures offer a tribute to workers in the local seafood industry.
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Wildlife Heritage Sculpture Corridor, Raymond, Washington
- Oysterville Historic District, Oysterville, Washington
- World's Largest Razor Clam, Long Beach, Washington