West Des Moines is a city in Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties in Iowa. There are a lot of things to do here like visiting many amazing places. Some of which are the Iowa State Capitol, the Des Moines Art Center, the State Historical Museum of Iowa, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden, World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, and many more.
Downtown West Des Moines. (Link: https://money.com/collection-post/west-des-moines-iowa/)
People also flock here for the supposed haunted house called the Jordan House. If you want to know more about this and possibly visit this in the future, read the details about this spooky home below.
The facade of the Jordan House. (Link: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/8303580546921789/)
The History Of Jordan House
The Jordan House was built by an abolitionist during his time. His name was James C. Jordan hence the name of the home. Ate the age of 16, he was asked to join a runaway slave hunting party. This means that the slaves, considered as properties by their masters, ran away from their homes and they had to be located. The group eventually found them and returned them to their “owners.” Because of this, Jordan became an abolitionist.
An undated photo of James C. Jordan. (Link: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/underground/ia4.htm)
Jordan was actually a cattle farmer from Virginia but he later settled in Iowa sometime in 1846. There he became a businessman and he organized the State Bank of Des Moines and he was very active in bringing the railroad in the area. He also served on the Polk County Board of Supervisors and was elected to the Iowa Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives.
Jordan had two wives. He had six children with his first wife. After his first wife’s death, he married one Cynthia Adams. They had five children together. It is unclear what year he built his home but it was one of the most elegant structures in the area during that time. Accordingly, the two-story home originally had four large bedrooms, two on the first floor and two on the second. It also had a walnut staircase, which made it all the more amazing. The design is said to be Victorian Italianate Gothic style.
An old photo of the Jordan House. (Link: https://www.wdmhs.org/jordan-house-gallery/)
The Jordan House was not just a home to Jordan and his family. It also became the station on the Underground Railroad and was a place where travelers stopped while on their journey towards the American West. It also served as a gathering place for the local businessmen and the politicians. When it was used as a station of the Underground Railroad, Jordan also joined the Methodist Church, which was an anti-slavery group. They used the railroad to hide slaves and help them get to Canada for their freedom.
By 1870, the house was expanded. A dining room, a parlor, a library, a kitchen, and more bedrooms were added.
Jordan and his family lived there until 1947 before it was sold to the Church of the Nazarene. The West Des Moines Historical Society then bought the house in 1978. Today, it is a museum that is dedicated to show the museum goers more about the Civil War Underground Railroad, which is located in the basement. Visitors can take guided tours of all the sixteen rooms of the house. There are a lot of items considered as already antique in the Jordan House. The kitchen is even set with china dishes, silverware, and the like.
One of the rooms inside the Jordan House. (Link: https://www.cityprofile.com/iowa/photos/16295-west-des-moines-jordan-house-museum–.html)
You may also check out the rifle of Jordan owned. It was from another abolitionist named John Brown.
The Ghost At The Jordan House
Although it’s a museum, it is also being visited by many because of it being allegedly haunted. Accordingly, many children died in the Jordan House either due to an accident or an illness. One of the most known deaths include that of three-year-old Eda, a child who always wanted to do physical activities. Allegedly, she was sliding down the rail of the staircase when she fell, landed badly, and broke her neck.
The cemetery of the Jordan family in West Des Moines. (Link: https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2613774/jordan-family-cemetery)
To this day, Eda remains to be playful. She is reportedly this ball of energy that can be felt in the house and the reason for the many paranormal activities there. Eda is said to play all over the house and is often seen and heard giggling and just being playful when there are guests or when the staff is around. Sometimes, Eda could even be heard talking and singing while she is playing. Even if she died due to a fall from sliding down the handrails of the stairs, many claim that she still slides down the very same place. She is said to interact with the furniture at home like the rocking chairs and the beds.
Experts claim that Eda has been in the Jordan House ever since she died. She accompanied her family through the ears that they stayed there. When the Jordan House became a museum, she became very active as opposed to when it was owned by the Church of the Nazarene but it is unclear why such is the case.
One visitor of the Jordan House said that when she was a kid in elementary school, they went at the Jordan House for a field trip. She claimed that they were given a handout to take home. When she looked at it, she saw a figure of a young girl on the base of the stairs and it looked like she was holding a cat. The woman added, “The tour guide also talked about military guys (or something) staying in the basement and using a Ouija board and having it spell out C-A-T. There was something more about why the cat’s ghost was there along with the girl’s.” She believes the entity she saw was that of Eda.
A Strange Dream About The Jordan House
Another person claims that her deceased mother, although not related to any of the Jordan family members, is now one of the spirits at the Jordan House. The person shared, “This is so strange. My mother passed away on 27 June 2013 in Moss Vale, New South Wales, Australia and I have had a recurring dream about my mother. She is seated in a very old chair in a very formal room. The house is very old, stately and there are other people around her. The dream was so vivid that I saw the sign of the house. My partner suggested that I search the net for a Jordan House. I found you. I leave this dream thinking that my mother is happy, the grounds are beautiful, well-manicured, people are happy. The energy is warm. When i saw a picture of Jordan House I knew it was the house in my dream.”