Lewis and Clark Trail Museum

Lewis and Clark Trail Museum Lewis and Clark Trail Museum recognizes, honors, and preserves the story of Lewis and Clark and the The old Charbonneau Post Office is displayed.
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The main museum building was a school in Alexander from 1914 until 1967 when discussions began toward 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 an

d 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 shop to name a few. There is a room dedicated to the life and career 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 in the original Charbon Township, one room school house that later became the Township Hall.

We may be closed for the season, but you can still enjoy tours of the museum!  Including this classroom tour. Check us o...
09/04/2023

We may be closed for the season, but you can still enjoy tours of the museum! Including this classroom tour. Check us out on YouTube!

Here is a short video of what a sousaphone sounds like https://youtu.be/hGCE_uAsRkc?feature=shared

The Barber Shop was a new addition to the main building this year!
09/03/2023

The Barber Shop was a new addition to the main building this year!

The beauty shop got a little facelift this season!  Enjoy the new video.
09/03/2023

The beauty shop got a little facelift this season! Enjoy the new video.

Take a look at the remodeled Bannon Room!
09/03/2023

Take a look at the remodeled Bannon Room!

If you missed us at the Old Settlers Day booth, stop into the museum today before the season ends!  We have few more of ...
09/03/2023

If you missed us at the Old Settlers Day booth, stop into the museum today before the season ends! We have few more of the glass blocks from the gymnasium for sale and the can be customized with a class of and whatever year you wish. We are also building our donor recognition wall and you can find out information about that by the office. If you saw a tote or shirt design you liked but couldn’t find it in your size of shirt, we will take orders and fill them in the off season. Stop by and talk with Vickie today!

Stop down to our booth at the Old Settlers and check out our piece of history project as well as all the products we hav...
09/02/2023

Stop down to our booth at the Old Settlers and check out our piece of history project as well as all the products we have for sale today!

09/02/2023
09/02/2023

We apologize for the slip of the tongue in saying that the bearskin coat is blue, it is in fact green

09/02/2023
Thank you AZ North for the restoration of the Madison cabin… It looks great…come up for a visit today on Old Settlers, m...
09/02/2023

Thank you AZ North for the restoration of the Madison cabin… It looks great…come up for a visit today on Old Settlers, many special changes and updates in the museum, too!  Also the dedication of the Don Tank building at 2 o’clock.

09/02/2023

Today at 2pm!!

09/02/2023

Join us for a building dedication at 2pm at the museum tomorrow!! The Lean to will be dedicated to Mr. Don Tank.

Visit the days of the week room!
09/01/2023

Visit the days of the week room!

After a completed remodel, we take another look at the Lewis and Clark room!  Hope to see you all this weekend!
08/30/2023

After a completed remodel, we take another look at the Lewis and Clark room! Hope to see you all this weekend!

We apologize for the slip of the tongue in saying that the bearskin coat is blue, it is in fact green

Susan Link and family getting horses ready for the Old Settlers Day Parade  Saturday September 2 11 o’clock. Come join...
08/27/2023

Susan Link and family getting horses ready for the Old Settlers Day Parade  Saturday September 2 11 o’clock. Come join in the fun and celebration! Two dollar buttons are available at James Gang Java. 🤠

This is delicious!!! Come join us for loaded Taco Potatoes!¡Back To School Bash and Vendor Show
08/13/2023

This is delicious!!! Come join us for loaded Taco Potatoes!¡
Back To School Bash and Vendor Show

The rain might have moved us inside, but our back to school bash and vendor show is still happening!  Come see us in the...
08/13/2023

The rain might have moved us inside, but our back to school bash and vendor show is still happening! Come see us in the Novak building!

08/08/2023

Make a donation to support the Lewis & Clark Trail Museum

It has been a while since we shared a video. Just got this one edited so let’s tour the Days of the Week Room!
08/08/2023

It has been a while since we shared a video. Just got this one edited so let’s tour the Days of the Week Room!

Interesting history all around us.https://writinforthebrand.com/on-sitting-bulls-vest/?fbclid=IwAR0l0p9UUbmtdYsSujlqtMSP...
08/04/2023

Interesting history all around us.

https://writinforthebrand.com/on-sitting-bulls-vest/?fbclid=IwAR0l0p9UUbmtdYsSujlqtMSP2fLwhmVzsIbwwZNWOkcXlNGW3doJDRXiFiQ_aem_AflyQIer9F2fO0f4rInsFzC5mXgbhXdAPdJkXa58EXOUtufIRGBhLRtPUuAadKu-mkQ

The Cottonwood Reflection included in this article was first posted in August 2022 While there were many important Indian leaders during the expansion of the West, Sitting Bull is one of the most familiar. He was an important political and spiritual leader. His leadership was integral to the succe....

Special thanks to everyone that came out for our party on the patio!  Don’t forget about the upcoming vendor show and ba...
08/04/2023

Special thanks to everyone that came out for our party on the patio! Don’t forget about the upcoming vendor show and back to school bash!

Today is the day!  Party on the Patio starts at 5 tonight!  Come check out all the work we have completed and talk to us...
07/30/2023

Today is the day! Party on the Patio starts at 5 tonight! Come check out all the work we have completed and talk to us about the continuing projects we have planned!

Our military display is changing with the addition of a mannequin to help get a better feel for the uniforms in our coll...
07/24/2023

Our military display is changing with the addition of a mannequin to help get a better feel for the uniforms in our collection. This WWI Olive Drab uniform was worn by Anund Aamodt during WWI. Special thanks to Glenn Aamodt for donating his father’s uniform to the museum.

A walk through the cabin at Lewis and Clark Trail Museum!
07/22/2023

A walk through the cabin at Lewis and Clark Trail Museum!

The Novak, Lebak, and LeanTo tour.
07/21/2023

The Novak, Lebak, and LeanTo tour.

An overview of our Country Store!  There is so much to see, come check it out for yourself!
07/20/2023

An overview of our Country Store! There is so much to see, come check it out for yourself!

Had a lot of fun at our Sunset at the Lake Sip & Paint last night!Thank you to all those that joined us! Hope to see you...
07/20/2023

Had a lot of fun at our Sunset at the Lake Sip & Paint last night!
Thank you to all those that joined us! Hope to see you next time!!

A tour through the Boy Scout Building and Old Settlers info.
07/18/2023

A tour through the Boy Scout Building and Old Settlers info.

Take a walk through the cook wagon!  Visit our YouTube channel to watch all the overview videos of the Lewis and Clark T...
07/17/2023

Take a walk through the cook wagon! Visit our YouTube channel to watch all the overview videos of the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum!

A blessed Sunday to all!  Tour our church with us today!
07/16/2023

A blessed Sunday to all! Tour our church with us today!

Get a view of our sheep herders wagon!
07/15/2023

Get a view of our sheep herders wagon!

09/17/2022

Western North Dakota based musician, author, columnist, rancher and mom of two young daughters reflects each week on rural living, its characters, heartbreaks, triumphs, absurdity and what it means to live and love in the middle of nowhere, which to Jessie and her cast of characters, is the middle o...

08/13/2022

Vendor show at the museum today!! 10-5 come on down and see us!

Farmers Markets are back!! Let us know if you would like to set up a booth!Markets are from 6-8pm...during Hamburgers in...
07/21/2022

Farmers Markets are back!! Let us know if you would like to set up a booth!
Markets are from 6-8pm...during Hamburgers in the Park...Entertainment will vary....

07/15/2022

Don't miss out on this fun Sip and paint event!!
Tuesday 6-8 pm at the museum.
The Northern Lights!
Register at the event link....

07/12/2022

Museum in Alexander

06/14/2022

Election Day is TOMORROW. Make sure to know where you can go to cast your vote.
City of Alexander has 2 Council Member Seats up for election & 2 Park Board seats. Be sure to make your voice heard.

05/19/2022

It is almost time to open the museum for the 2022 season!
Join us this Saturday May 21st from 9-12am for a museum clean up day!
See you Saturday!

The Last Cattle Drive; a new story about bygone days in western North Dakotahttps://writinforthebrand.com/the-last-cattl...
03/26/2022

The Last Cattle Drive; a new story about bygone days in western North Dakota

https://writinforthebrand.com/the-last-cattle-drive/

Up ahead Lloyd saw a rattler taking in the morning sun.  Rattlesnakes were common out here in the summer so you “listened real close” for the rattles when you were out in the pasture.  The Prairie Rattler may be smaller than other rattlesnakes, but it maintains a nasty disposition none the les...

01/01/2022

Address

102 Indiana Avenue E
Alexander, ND
58831

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

(701) 828-3595

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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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