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

  • Chili For a Change!

    Friday, October 6 5:30-7pm Bennett School 4001 Fuller Road Join us for a delicious evening of chili, home-pressed apple cider and sweet treats! The West Des Moines Historical Society will offer many delicious varieties... 

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  • Jordan Scholar JJ Kapur Named National Speech Champion

    JJ Kapur, Jordan Scholar class of 2017, recently competed in the National Speech and Debate Championships. After 13 rounds of competition, JJ was named the National Champion in Original Oratory. Titled “Let’s... 

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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.