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Very Interesting Old House

This is a house with a ton of history related to the founding of Iowa and Des Moines, and the... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2018
Iowa City, 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 September 5, 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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
2001 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-5528
+1 515-225-1286
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Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

The tour was about an hour. I liked learning about the Jordan family. The tour guide was very personable. Be sure you check ahead of time, depending on the time of year. The house is only open limited hours for tours. It is also open...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

A lady from our church hosted a luncheon there for us. Then we took a tour of the house. The fellowship was great and the history was fantastic.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Gary D
Reviewed January 9, 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

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed September 5, 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

Date of experience: September 2017
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Management response:Responded September 7, 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 August 23, 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.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Randy K
Reviewed July 2, 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 !

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Mollie R
Management response:Responded July 12, 2017

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

Reviewed March 11, 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

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank David C
Reviewed September 4, 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

Date of experience: August 2016
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