Introduction to West Bend, Wosconsin
West Bend History
The city of West Bend was originally inhabited by the Potawatomi and Menominee Native Americans. The Milwaukee River played a pivotal role in the history of the city. It was named West Bend because of the western bend in the river. In 1873, the first railroad tracks were laid through West Bend, paving the way for population growth and industrialization. In 1961, the city extended its territory by annexing the Village of Barton.
West Bend and nearby Attractions
- Pike Lake State Park
- EAA Air Adventure Museum
- Harrington Beach State Park
- Hoard Historical Museum
- Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary
Things To Do In West Bend
Harrington Beach State Park and Pike Lake State Park are both located in West Bend. The Shalom Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular local destination as well. Local museums include the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum, the EAA Air Adventure Museum and the Hoard Historical Museum.
West Bend Transportation
General Mitchell International is accessible from West Bend.
West Bend Higher Education
Concordia University-Wisconsin, Waukesha County Technical College and Cardinal Stritch University and some of the local colleges and universities.