Welcome to the Village of West Salem home page on the World Wide Web. West Salem is located in west central Wisconsin along Interstate 90, 12 miles east of La Crosse, approximately 165 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota and 280 miles from Chicago, Illinois.

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West Salem is rich in history. Founded by Thomas Leonard in 1851, the village is the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Hamlin Garland. Historic points of interest include two octagon homes, Thomas Leonard’s colonial-style home (Historic Salem), and the Hamlin Garland Homestead.


The surrounding Coulee Region’s bluffs and valleys provide for some of the most scenic areas you will find in western Wisconsin, known as “God’s Country.” The nearby La Crosse River meanders through forests and farmlands winding its way to the “Mighty Mississippi.”

These scenic areas set the stage for exceptional opportunities for recreation, including boating and fishing on Lake Neshonoc, camping and picnicking at Veterans’ Memorial Park, biking and hiking on the La Crosse River State Trail and much more…

History…Scenery…and Just Plain Fun!