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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...more
This is a house with a ton of history related to the founding of Iowa and Des Moines, and the Underground Railroad. Sadly, the home was stripped of furnishings decades ago (with one exception) so the interior is filled mostly with pieces that would have...More
When I was growing up in late 40's & early 50's in West Des Moines, Jordan House was on the western outskirts of town. Now West Des Moines has grown into a thriving community and the house is now actually east of the center of...More
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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