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Jordan House

2001 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5528
+1 515-225-1286
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A bit of history in West Des Moines

The Jordan House is a historic home in West Des Moines built by James Jordan. He was an... read more

Reviewed 10 January 2018
Des Moines, Iowa
Underground Railroad house

My 10 year old is interested in this topic so it was very cool that we had an example right in our... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Des Moines, Iowa
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The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. It is one of the oldest structures in Polk Country and the oldest in West Des Moines. Built by one of West Des Moines’ first settlers, James C. Jordan, the house today serves both as a museum for West Des Moines and as the office of West Des Moines Historical Society. The sixteen period rooms serve as a fitting backdrop of displaying the many antique treasures gathered from the rich heritage of West Des Moines. Visitors will also be interested in both the Underground Railroad Exhibit and the many artifacts from the regular railroad which played an important role in the early years of West Des Moines. One hour guided tours are offered beginning at 11am and then again at 1pm. Doors open 15 minutes before tour begins. Dates of tours: Memorial Day-Labor Day: Friday, Saturday and Sunday Labor Day-Memorial Day: Friday and Sunday
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
2001 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5528
+1 515-225-1286
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

The Jordan House is a historic home in West Des Moines built by James Jordan. He was an abolitionist on the Underground Railroad in Iowa. It is a rather modest farm home but the role he played in the Underground Railroad was very interesting. You...More

Thank T S
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

My 10 year old is interested in this topic so it was very cool that we had an example right in our backyard. Video to start was very informative and the person who led the tour did a great job. Lots of pieces from the...More

Thank Reader95
Management response:Responded 7 September 2017

We are glad you had a informative visit to the historic Jordan House, and especially happy your child was able to experience history where it happened! Thanks for your review!

Reviewed 24 August 2017

The original builder was part of the Underground Railway system smuggling freed slaves from the south to Canada. The house is in excellent shape, and you can tour the inside during opening hours for a nominal fee.

Thank Randy K
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Beautifully restored historical home of James Jordan. The tour was very educational and given by a very knowledgeable guide. Definitely a place to stop when in Des Moines !

Thank Mollie R
Management response:Responded 13 July 2017

Thank you for visiting the Jordan House! We're so glad you had a great experience.

Reviewed 11 March 2017

Sitting on a wooden lot is a old two story home fully restored from the period before Iowa was a state. Even as the Native Americans were roaming the land James Jordan settled the land. In time, in order to bring the railroad in, he...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 5 September 2016

This has limited times that it's ooen. We like old homes and decided to check it out. Good history of the family and area when it was established. If you like old houses be sure to visit. The tour took about 2 hours. There were...More

1  Thank davidjensen399
Reviewed 23 March 2016

We arrived for the tour on a very busy Friday morning. The staff was surprised at how busy they were but they did a WONDERFUL job. The tour was very interesting - everyone left with learning something new. My kids enjoyed the tour but I...More

Thank tanschkn
Reviewed 17 February 2016

I would have rated this excellent if the docent could have been more detailed on the Underground Railway. She was very detailed on the decorations and furnishings which was wonderful but we did leave thirsting for more history.

3  Thank HannahIowa
Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

We had earmarked this but hadn't realised that the house wouldn't be open. Website had said tours available Friday's but hadn't mentioned, that we could see, that the house would be locked in other days. We wandered around the outside and saw a chipmunk... But...More

2  Thank Janne N
Reviewed 10 July 2015

James Jordan helped bring the railroad to West Des Moines (Valley Junction), and, more importantly, as an abolitionist, made his house a stop on the Underground Railroad. John Brown stayed a couple of times at the Jordan house. This historically important house has been beautifully...More

1  Thank THVolpone
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