West Bend

 West Bend History

Before the United States claimed the Wisconsin territory in 1833, the West Bend area was home to the Potawatomi and Menominee Indians. Settlers (attracted by the Milwaukee River and the advantages it afforded industry and farming) began to make their homes in the area, and a village was established in 1845. The village – always a convenient midway stop between Milwaukee and Fond du Lac – had 30 families by 1848, and public spaces and buildings were soon established.

The arrival of the railroad in 1873 spurred a period of rapid growth and expansion, and the City of West Bend was incorporated in 1885. In 1961, the community of Barton was incorporated into West Bend’s corporate boundaries, and today’s population of over 30,000 reflects the solid community and economic base forged by West Bend’s founders.


The West Bend School District incorporates a continuous improvement process within each school to ensure student achievement is obtained. The District has six elementary schools, two middle schools and the East and West High Schools. 

Thirteen parochial schools are available in the area, and the YMCA, Montessori Children’s House, Family Center of Washington County and churches throughout the community provide daycare and age appropriate development opportunities, plus private daycare facilities for children. 

The West Bend Campus of Moraine Park Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Washington County provide the resources for individuals to pursue certificates, diplomas, technical, associate and bachelor’s degrees.


The healthcare needs of the West Bend area are met by SynergyHealth (an affiliation of the West Bend Clinic and St. Joseph’s Community Hospital), Aurora Health Care and a host of health support services and practices.

West Bend is nestled in the beautiful northern Kettle Moraine region, the result of glaciers that covered Wisconsin millions of years ago. The glacial formations of rolling hills and deep kettles combine with rivers, lakes and marshlands to create a paradise for year-round outdoor activities.

West Bend is a city of parks, home to 18 developed parks that provide playgrounds for playing, pavilions for picnicking, ponds for fishing, ice for skating, and paths for jogging. Regner Park is the largest of the many splendid urban oasis's, offering more than 79 acres for the public's use. The park contains everything for family and individual recreation, including picnic areas, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, biking and hiking trails, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, a swimming beach and bathhouse, a fishing pond and an enclosed pavilion.

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