Minden, Iowa is located in Minden Township the central township in the northern tier of Pottawattamie county. Minden township was a part of Neola, until 1877 when in answer to a petition of Mr. James Crow and the requisite number of signers, their petition was granted and the township took the name of the little town already formed on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad Line adjacent to the Keg Creek.
In the early history of Minden it was largely settled by German immigrants who had first located in other areas and then came to live here. Minden’s first road was known as the River to River road. It is located on Highway 83 and has an interchange to the Interstate 80 just short distance from the heart of the town.
One of the early settlers was Caspar Foster, from Davenport, Iowa, who purchased 10,000 acres of the Rock Island road, and a condition was that the company should establish and maintain a Station on this property. This was complied with, hence the town of Minden, named in memory of Minden back in Germany the Fatherland of most of the industrious settlers.