The Jordan House
The Jordan House
The Jordan House
The Jordan House

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Experience The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design and Bennett School, one of the last one-room schoolhouses built in Iowa.

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RECENT NEWS

  • Jordan House Book Group

    Join us Tuesday, March 21 for a discussion of “Sin and the Second City,” Karen Abbbot’s rowdy tale of two madams in Chicago at the turn of the cenury. 6:30-7:30pm Jordan House 2001 Fuller Road  Read More →

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  • Tickets Available for Buxton: Iowa’s Black Utopia

    Don’t want to stand in line or risk not being able to attend Saturday’s presentation? Purchase your tickets on-line to move to the front of the room. Tickets are available at https://squareup.com/store/west-des-moines-historical-society Doors... 

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UPCOMING EVENTS


WEST DES MOINES HISTORICAL SOCIETY - HISTORIC BUILDINGS


The Jordan House
The Jordan House

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.... 

The Bennett School
The Bennett School

Built in 1926 or ’27 the Bennett School was one of the last one room schools to be built in West Des Moines and was in use until at least 1941. It was originally located on an acre of ground donated... 



Jordan House and The Underground Railroad


The Underground Railroad was a loosely organized system for helping escaped slaves from the southern states reach freedom in the North or Canada in the years before the Civil War.

To learn more about the Underground Railroad, click here.