About West Bend, IA

A Rock-Solid Community

Established in 1856 and incorporated in 1884, West Bend is located in two counties—Kossuth and Palo Alto—in the center of a vast, lush, level expanse of Iowa farmland northwest of Fort Dodge midway between state highways 18 and 20. West Bend was named for the sharp turn the Des Moines River makes toward the west at a point southwest of the town. On most road maps, West Bend is marked as the site of the Grotto of the Redemption—the world’s largest grotto. Frequently called “The Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Grotto represents the largest collection of minerals, petrified rocks, precious stones and gems concentrated in any one spot in the world. The Grotto of the Redemption is a composite of nine separate grottos, each portraying a scene in the life of Christ.

West Bend features other historically interesting sites including a restored school house, post office, and sod house. An old-fashioned soda fountain, located in The Villager, serves visitors 1930s-styled malted milks, milk shakes, and cherry, lemon and lime cokes. Num-num!

Sponsors of West Bend, IA

Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

Businesses of West Bend, IA

The businesses of our towns are truly the lifeblood of each community, click on any businesses below to learn about them, to learn how to add your business to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Community Organizations of West Bend, IA

Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Events of West Bend, IA

The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Communities of West Bend, IA

Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of West Bend, IA

The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Palo Alto County, IA

Visit our county page and you will learn about the contributions made by the citizens from our town and county (founders, business people, volunteers, entrepreneurs and military veterans). Here you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Palo Alto County, IA page.

Citizens of Palo Alto County, IA

The citizens from our towns for generations have exhibited a pride in community and a enterprising spirit! Click on any of the citizens below to learn more about them. To nominate a citizen to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!