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Des Moines

Historic Jordan House

The Jordan House is a splendid Victorian home made in Italianate Gothic design. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places it is affiliated to the National Underground Railroad Network. As one of the oldest structures in Polk Country and in West Des Moines, it was built by one of the first settlers, James C. Jordan. The house today serves both as a repository and office of West Des Moines Historical Society. The sixteen period rooms are a suitable backdrop for the collection of the many antique treasures of the rich heritage of West Des Moines. Visitors will also get to see the Underground Railroad Exhibit and the many artifacts from the regular railroad that played a part in early years of West Des Moines. Jordan House also served as a station on the Underground Railroad in the 1850’s and early 1960’s!