Jordan's house was a known stop on the Underground Railroad. He was a staunch aboltionist, and has been called the “Chief Conductor” of the Underground Railroad for Polk County. Jordan's pastor eulogized him by stating “In the troublous days of slavery this great heart reached out and helped the oppressed, seeking the north star of freedom.” Jordan assisted John Brown on his famous last trip from Kansas before the raid at Harper’s Ferry, when Brown and his party of escaping slaves camped at Jordan's farm in February 1858.
The Jordan House is located a 2001 Fuller Rd., in West Des Moines, Iowa. Today the Jordan House serves both as a museum for West Des Moines and as the office of the West Des Moines Historical Society. It is open for tours May-September on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and Sunday afternoon from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. There is a fee for admission; call 515-225-1286 or visit the house's website for further information.