Historic Valley Junction Itinerary
Stop 1: Historic Jordan House
Start your day by stepping back in time at the Historic Jordan House. This 1850s Victorian house was an official site on the National Underground Railroad Network to freedom. Its 16 rooms tell the history of Senator James C. Jordan and how he played an influential role in bringing the railroad and state capitol to Des Moines. Jordan also played a large role in establishing Historic Valley Junction because those two events spurred the need for housing in the area which is now known as West Des Moines.
If you're not ready for the history lesson to end, check out the Bennett School. Located a mile west of the Historic Jordan House, the Bennett School was one of the last one-room schoolhouses built in West Des Moines. It was built in 1926 and stayed in use until at least 1941. The Historical Society offers tours upon request.
Stop 2: Historic Valley Junction
Once you've wrapped up your tour(s), head over to Historic Valley Junction for some shopping! Historic Valley Junction in downtown West Des Moines is a charming, renovated railroad district, with a collection of more than 150 retail businesses, including art galleries, fashion boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and specialty shops. Make sure to check out our event calendar to stay up to date on all the events hosted at Historic Valley Junction.
Stop 3: The Hall
Now it's time for a well-deserved meal! Walk, drive or bike just a few blocks to The Hall where the food is served up from some of Greater Des Moines' favorite food trucks. The Hall has a rotating menu of food trucks that are parked each day, allowing visitors to come back for a new experience every time. The Hall is scattered with games and activities that the entire family can enjoy. And don't forget to try one of the many beers on tap! Or, if beer isn't quite your thing, The Foundry DSM is located just next door. The Foundry DSM provides a unique venue for people to eat and drink featuring a destination distillery, food and beverage hall.
Stop 4: Fox Brewing
If you're looking for a nightcap, Fox Brewing offers visitors a unique experience with brews crafted from some of the best hops. Beers are released monthly, allowing visitors a tasty new experience whenever they visit!