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The development of rich timberland established South Bend as the key point in the water and stagecoach transportation system of Washington Territory in the late 1800s. After the arrival of the railroad in 1893, the town became an important shipping point for oysters to Eastern markets, and oyster processing has been an important local industry since the 1930s.
A descriptive marker 7.7 miles west on US 101 defines the site of Bruceville, settled in 1851 by the crew of the oyster schooner Robert Bruce, which burned near the site. Bruceville, later called Bruceport, was one of the pioneering oyster communities on Willapa Bay.
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