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West Bend is a city in Kossuth and Palo Alto (originally) counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 785 at the 2010 census.HistoryWest Bend had its start in the early 1880s by the building of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway through that territory. It was originally called Ives after the president of the railroad, but the townspeople had it changed to West Bend from the bend in the river. West Bend (aka Ives) was the first town in Palo Alto County. A special five cent tax to build a railroad station was promised to the railroad if they would create a stop when the railroad was built. The railroad did that placing the line and the new station in West Bend.GeographyThe village straddles the county line, in the southwest part of Kossuth County and the southeast part of Palo Alto County, in northwestern Iowa. But, it was first in Palo Alto County.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.89sqmi, all land.West Bend is served by a lightly-used former branch line of the Rock Island Railroad now owned by the Union Pacific Railroad.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 785 people, 360 households, and 213 families residing in the city. The population density was 882.0PD/sqmi. There were 396 housing units at an average density of 444.9/sqmi. The racial makeup of the city was 99.1% White, 0.1% Native American, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.Add West Bend and other destinations to your itinerary using our United States travel itinerary planner, and learn about what to see, what to do, and where to stay.
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