Lewis and Clark Trail Museum, Alexander

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The main museum building was a school in Alexander from 1914 until 1967 when discussions began towards the foundation of a museum. The building itself is an important artifact; it is a beautiful 3 story brick building that still stands out today. The inside of the building is majestic and has the largest and most extensive collection of artifacts in northwestern North Dakota, including many rare and unusual items. You are likely to find something "new" to see each time you visit. Much of museum was organized thematically into distinct rooms such as an old general store, schoolroom and saddle room to name a few. The old Charbonneau Post Office is displayed. There is a room dedicated to the life and carer of congressman and governor Art Link who was County Chairman in 1967 and on the original museum committee. Of course there is the recently updated Lewis and Clark room with displays and artifacts to help the visitor understand and appreciate the contributions made by the Corps of Discovery. Lewis and Clark spent more time in this part of ND than any other state. A brochure is available with important information about the expedition. Throughout the museum and property many different pieces of machinery and transportation modes are displayed. In addition to the old school the museum expands to the entire property with many other historic buildings such as an old log cabin, a sheepherders wagon, church and the old local Boy Scout headquarters. On the front lawn petrified tree stumps unearthed when Hwy 85 was redirected are displayed. They are estimated to be 60 million years old and are unique to western North Dakota. also on site is a coffee and gift shop, James Gang Java, located the original Charbon Township one room school house that later became the Township Hall.
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  • It was an amazing experience! Guide was very helpful and very knowledgeable. I had a great time. There were many displays of early days and early to mid-century displays, newspapers of the period... 
    It was an amazing experience! Guide was very helpful and very knowledgeable. I had a great time. There were many displays of early days and early to mid-century displays, newspapers of the period...  more »
  • I love learning about history whether it's in a big city or small town, and this museum was no exception. I can't say enough of how impressed I was visiting this place. It's very easy to find in... 
    I love learning about history whether it's in a big city or small town, and this museum was no exception. I can't say enough of how impressed I was visiting this place. It's very easy to find in...  more »
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  • Neat place in such a small town. Talk to Jess at the coffee shop, she is a great historian in her own right.
  • What a great museum this was, definitely worth stopping for. This museum is located in Alexander ND and has a population of approximately 255 people. The museum is housed in a three story old brick school building. They have many one of kind objects and so many artifacts... literally THOUSANDS of cool things to look at and I loved this place. Something for everyone. Outside they have some petrified wood stumps with an age of 65 million years that were discovered when they expanded US 85 to four lanes. Admission is free but donations are recommended and I suggest you leave one so the museum can thrive and stay open.

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