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Address: 2001 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: +1 515-225-1286
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Jordan house

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 September 2016
davidjensen399
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Johnston, Iowa

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Johnston, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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 only 4 of us on a Sunday. Tour costs $5.00 per person.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

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 would not recommend it for kids under 7 unless they are not busy.

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Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

I would have rated this excellent if the docent could have been more detailed on the Underground Railway. She was very detailed on the decorations and furnishings which was wonderful but we did leave thirsting for more history.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

We had earmarked this but hadn't realised that the house wouldn't be open. Website had said tours available Friday's but hadn't mentioned, that we could see, that the house would be locked in other days. We wandered around the outside and saw a chipmunk... But unfortunately no ghosts or any of the inside😞

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

James Jordan helped bring the railroad to West Des Moines (Valley Junction), and, more importantly, as an abolitionist, made his house a stop on the Underground Railroad. John Brown stayed a couple of times at the Jordan house. This historically important house has been beautifully restored. Spend an hour or two here. Well worth the time.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

I'd never heard about the Jordan family and their efforts to help slaves and their part in the underground railroad. The woman giving tour was very informative and gave us so much history of the house, family, and the underground railroad. We enjoyed our tour and learned much! Worth the trip if you enjoy history and well kept old homes!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

I visited the Jordan House on a school trip & I feel like I learned so much about the Jordan family tree and I didn't learn anything about the slaves or the underground railroad . Our tour lady told us all about the Jordan children & who they married but I was never told or shown where the slaves were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013

I love history and i was excited to visit this location that was used as an underground railroad point.....very interesting and also there is a ghost of the youngest child that roams the house.

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Des Moines, IA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2013

Although small this is interesting if you love history. I visited this with other history teachers and we enjoyed seeing the home, the artifacts, and the information.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2012

Interesting historical home. Was a waypoint for slaves escaping to the north during the Civil War. Overlooks the Racoon River Valley.

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