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 it's 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 COUNTY PARK, biking and hiking on
the La Crosse River State Trail and much more.