Restoring the Historic Studebaker Trees

Studebaker Trees

Historic Restoration

The St. Joseph County Parks Department and The St. Joseph County Parks Foundation, many donors and volunteers are working to restore the historic Studebaker Tree sign at Bendix Woods County Park.


Planted in 1938 by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, it was designed by the Studebaker Corporation as a tribute to the relatively new (at the time!) aviation industry. Dead trees and under story were cleared throughout 2014. Over 2000 evergreen saplings will be planted in 2015 to fill in the vacant areas where dead trees were removed.