Learn About James Gang Java
James Gang Java is a local coffee and gift shop in Alexander, North Dakota. We serve fresh coffee, tea, smoothies, and soda, and sell a variety of specialty gifts, from CDs featuring traditional Western music to books on the history of North Dakota. Our shop has been in business since 1999 and offers free Wi-Fi™ for guests.
Built more than 100 years ago, the building that houses James Gang Java originally served as a school house in Charbonneau, ND and was later turned into the Charbon Township Hall a few miles away after a new school was built. It is now located at the Lewis and Clark Trail Museum which was built in 1914 and served as the local school until 1969 in Alexander ND, a beautiful, magnificent-looking three story building that showcases the beauty of the area and serves as a reminder of what life was like at the turn of the 19th century through the homesteading years and beyond. The museum features a wide selection of historical items, including old cars, trucks, tractors, wagons. threshing machines, and machinery. The lower lever rooms are: The Lewis and Clark Room, The Bannon Room, The Schoolroom and Gift shop. The second floor features the Country Store and the Hall of Fame Room. The third floor is where you will find the Pioneer Room, Grandma's Closet, The Art Link Room and The Days of the Week Room. There are several Outbuildings including: The Log Cabin, The Boy Scout Cabin, The Highland Lutheran Church, The Cook Car, The Sheepherder's Wagon and The Novak Building.