This image is the cover for the book City of West Bend, Images of America

City of West Bend, Images of America

The City of West Bend got its name from its location on a large westward-reaching bend of the Milwaukee River. Settled mainly by German immigrants in the 1840s, the city was bestowed with leaders possessing entrepreneurial know-how. West Bend became an international center of manufacturing with companies such as the West Bend Aluminum Company, Enger-Kress Pocket Book Company, and Gehl Brothers Manufacturing. Knowing how to work hard, West Bend's residents also played hard with a booming downtown area, local sports teams, parks, and cultural entertainment. Recent decades have seen a decline of local industry, but unlike many communities, the historic downtown continues to thrive with shops, restaurants, and lively cultural offerings. Home to unique architecture such as Old Courthouse and Jail, beautiful Victorian homes, and the new Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend continues to thrive and take pride in its past while looking to the future.

Janean Mollet-Van Beckum,

Janean Mollet-Van Beckum is the curator of collections and exhibits for the Washington County Historical Society. Images of America: City of West Bend features the best and most narrative images from the society's photograph collection. The society's research center houses over 18,000 images related to Washington County and is open to the public.

Arcadia Publishing