South Bend: Our beautiful, friendly county seat: South Bend

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I><BR>The Willapa River flows past South Bend and soon joins Willapa Bay, forming a stunning backdrop for Pacific County's historic county seat, home to our incredible courthouse - listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The river also is known for prime fishing and other recreational activities, including water skiing.

Snuggled against the shores of the Willapa River, South Bend offers visitors a wide variety of activities, sights and shops.

Located 45 miles north of the Peninsula on U.S. Highway 101, it bills itself as the "Oyster Capital of the World."

South Bend is home to numerous turn-of-the-century buildings, including four listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The prime piece of architecture on the list is the Pacific County Courthouse.

The heart of the business district is nestled along U.S. Highway 101, renamed Robert Bush Drive for a local winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, as it curves through the town. Antique shops, boutiques and gift shops are tucked between the grocery and other retail stores.

South Bend's annual festivals include the Oyster Stampede on Memorial Day weekend and a Labor Day weekend extravaganza including a parade.

As is the case throughout the county, fishing and hunting are excellent around South Bend.

Pacific County FairThe Pacific County Fair during the last week in August has great rides, treats and exhibits. Definitely plan to attend! Menlo is located on SR6 just east of Raymond.

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