The development of rich timberland established South Bend as the key point in the water and stagecoach transportation system of the Washington Territory in the late 1800's. Determined not to relinquish the title of county seat of Pacific County
to its rival town of Oysterville
during an election dispute in 1892, South Bend citizens abruptly removed all books and records from the Oysterville courthouse. South Bend remains the county seat today. The historic Pacific County Courthouse was built in 1910 at a cost of over $100,000.
Aquaculture had its start in South Bend in the early 1900s, when almost 100 carloads of Chesapeake oysters were planted in the bay. The largest oyster processing plant in the nation is located here.
South Bend is situated on Highway 101 on the eastern shores of Willapa Bay, not far from Raymond.
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09/05 Coming to The area
Water Music Festival Seaview WA April1 The Water Music Festival is an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality chamber music to the Lower Columbia River Region.
Astoria-Warrenton Crab and Seafood Festival Warrenton OR April26 Crab and seafood as well as entertainment. Listen to the Astoria HS Jazz Band on Sunday.
Seattle Japanese Cultural Festival Seattle WA April26-28 The festival features Japanese exhibits, performances, and demonstrations. Held at the Seattle Center in the Fisher Pavilion. The annual festival began in 1976 with a gift of 1,000 cherry trees to the city of Seattle from the Japanese government to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial.
Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival Hoquiam WA April26-28 Witness the migrating shorebirds at Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and other birding hotspots in Grays Harbor County.
Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle WA May24-27 Music and dance performances, visual arts, folklore exhibits, hands-on children's activities, workshops, crafts, food, demonstrations, and more!
4th Annual Tenor Guitar Gathering Astoria OR May30-June2 You'll hear guitars, ukeleles, banjos, and fiddles playing their tunes at the tenor guitar gathering.