Historic Iowa railroad town makes National Register

(West Des Moines, Iowa)  Historic Valley Junction in West Des Moines has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.  

The designation covers 52 properties, and opens the door to federal preservation grants.   

Valley Junction was founded by James Jordan in the mid-1800s, became a thriving railroad town, and was re-named West Des Moines in 1938.

Historic Valley Junction has thrived for more than a century,” said Jim Miller, executive director of the Historic Valley Junction Foundation. “There are so many great stories here, so we’re delighted the National Register designation can help us share our history with future generations.”

Two other locations in West Des Moines are on the National Register of Historic Places, The Jordan House, and the old West Des Moines City Hall.

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