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In 1845, a farmer named James Jordan settled the area originally named Valley Junction, now West Des Moines, Iowa. The Jordan House, built in 1851, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the oldest structure in West Des Moines and was a stopover on the Underground Railroad. The museum is open for tours May to September.
An affluent suburb of Des Moines, West Des Moines has become a major force in the financial, industrial, and medical arenas. Two new “boutique” hospitals, heart and surgery centers, Wolfe Eye Clinic, and cancer centers have recently opened their doors in West Des Moines.
You can literally shop ’til you drop in West Des Moines. Shopping first began on wooden sidewalks in Valley Junction during the 1800s. Valley Junction today has antique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Valley West Mall, West Glen Town Center, and Jordan Creek Town Center offer even more shopping.
With three aquatic centers, 24 parks, a nature lodge, and more, West Des Moines has much to offer. West Des Moines is home to the HyVee Triathalon, Principal Charity Golf Classic, a weekly Farmer’s Market, and more.
Whether you are a student of Drake University of Iowa State, looking for a great location to raise a family, or the ideal spot to pursue your career, West Des Moines is the place to be.