West Salem, Wisconsin homes for sale

West Salem, Wisconsin Real Estate and Community Info.

The Village of West Salem, Wisconsin, is located about 15 miles east of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border along Interstate 90 in La Crosse County.

According to the 2010 census, West Salem is home to about 4,800 citizens. The major metropolitan areas of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Chicago are approximately 165 miles and 280 miles away respectively.

West Salem was founded in 1851 by New Englander Thomas Leonard. He offered approximately ten acres of land free to a railroad company. A train station was erected to service the original Milwaukee and La Crosse Railway. The railroad not only brought commerce to the village, but also led to the establishment of churches, businesses and family homes.

The Village of West Salem is quite proud to claim Hamlin Garland, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Daughter of the Middle Border,” as one of its native sons. In 1893, Garland purchased the land that would become known as the Garland Homestead or Hamlin Garland House, on which the honor of being named a National Historic Landmark was bestowed in 1971.

Shopping and Dining

West Salem could be described as the quintessential American small town. It has a quaint and functional downtown hub where one finds locally owned and operated shops, car dealerships and restaurants.

Suburban La Crosse, with its grand selection of shopping and dining establishments, is about 10 minutes away from West Salem. Here you can immerse yourself in Valley View Mall’s nearly 600,000 square feet of retailers, restaurants and specialty shops. Or you could check out one of the spectacular farmers’ markets.

Features Sports Bar and Grill, along with Linda’s Bakery and St. Leo’s Kitchen provide local flavor while serving up exceptional eats to West Salem residents and visitors.

Parks and Recreation

West Salem is nestled between Interstate 90 to the south and the La Crosse River to the north. The river bluffs, fertile farmland and scenic wetlands provide residents and visitors with exceptional money-making and recreational opportunities.

Veterans Memorial Park, Swarthout Lakeside Park and Riverview Park are a few of the larger parks inside the village of West Salem. Lake Neshonoc is the “Lake” in Lakeside Park and serves up countless outdoor play options for kids, teens and adults, such as camping, boating and fishing.

The La Crosse River State Trail contains more than 20 miles of scenic and historic beauty. It also links the Great River State Trail to the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. Add the nearby 400 Trail to the mix and you have more than 100 miles of biking, walking and jogging trails right outside you door in West Salem!


Verdant and majestic old-growth trees line the tranquil neighborhood streets of West Salem, giving the village a true park-like atmosphere. No traffic jams, noise pollution (or air pollution or water pollution either, for that matter) here, unless you count children playing as noise pollution and stopping your car to let a family of ducks cross the street a traffic jam.

West Salem is home to the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, Wisconsin’s only NASCAR sanctioned asphalt race track. Whether you’re a race fan or not, La Crosse County - including the village of West Salem - offers an incredible variety of arts and culture alternatives. The city of La Crosse and its suburbs are a very short drive west on I-90, where you can find specialty shops, riverside parks, golf courses, and many other sites, sounds and smells that give this area of western Wisconsin its high quality of life.

Schools, Health, Transportation

The West Salem School District serves the community’s public education needs with West Salem Elementary School, West Salem Middle School and West Salem High School. There are also two private schools in the village: Coulee Region Christian School and Christ Saint John’s Lutheran School.

The region’s largest medical facility, Gundersen Lutheran health care center, is just a short drive west on I-90 in La Crosse. Other health care and medical facilities in the area include the Franciscan Skemp La Crosse Hospital and the Franciscan Skemp Sparta Hospital.

Since I-90 forms West Salem’s southern border, it makes commuting fast and easy. Amtrak manages a train station about 10 miles west of the village in the city of La Crosse.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (608) 781-7714 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

Contact Information

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Judy Gull
RE/MAX First Choice
757 Sand Lake Road
Onalaska WI 54650
Direct: 608-781-7714
Fax: 608-783-4263