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Old Mission State Park, Cataldo

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The Silver Valley's Old Mission State Park is a state park and National Historic Landmark in North Idaho, USA. It is also known as the Mission of the Sacred Heart or Cataldo Mission. It contains the church itself, the parish house, and the surrounding property. Built 1850-53, Mission of the Sacred Heart is the oldest standing building in Idaho.HistoryIn the early 19th century, the Coeur d'Alene Indians had heard of these powerful "medicine men" in black robes with a book and wanted some of these men for their own tribe. They sent men east to St. Louis, and in 1842 Father Pierre-Jean De Smet responded to the request and came to the area. Fr. Nicholas Point and Br. Charles Duet came and helped to pick a mission location. The first was along the St. Joe River, but was subject to flooding. In 1846 they moved it to the current location.In 1850 the church was taken over by Italian Jesuit missionary Antonio Ravalli, who began designing the new mission building. He made sure that the building was constructed by the Indians themselves, so that they could feel part of the church. It was built using the wattle and daub method, and finished some three years later without using a single nail.The mission is named after Giuseppe Cataldo, a Sicilian priest born in the village of Terrasini, who spent most of his life in the frontier community.In time the mission became an important stop for traders, settlers, and miners taking on the role as a hospitality and supply station. It was also a working port for boats heading up the Coeur d'Alene River.
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  • This old mission has been restored and there are many information boards explaining historical details. The parsonage is also open for self-guided tours. The state has a museum that is very modern. It...  more »
  • Saw this little spot when going on vacation to Montana so we stopped on our way home. It is a nice stop to spend a little time off the freeway.  more »
  • What a beautiful and unexpected treat as we drove back toward Spokane. The church is set on a bluff above the river. There is a short but scenic walk featuring information about the time period of the...  more »
  • Oldest mission in Idaho..super interesting..has self walking trail..we tried the apples they would be so much better if watered. Good stop to walk and stretch after long drive from West Yellowstone.
  • To be completely honest I only stopped here because it was a cheap stop. And because there was three Pokemon stops. But when I got there I was enthralled by the education and history of the place. And ended up looking at the sites more than I looked at my phone. And that is a win in my book. If I happen to pass by this state again, I will definitely stop here.
  • It's a nice historic place rich with culture. Price to get in seemed high for other similar places we've been. It's one of those places you'll only go once .
  • The Idaho State Parks system does a fantastic job of maintaining this historical area and keeping in clean. I believe the cost of visiting this area was $5.00 and well worth the price.
  • Cool piece of Idaho history. Clean and well taken care of. Good place to enjoy the weather, learn some NW history, and take a stroll