Cataldo Travel Guide

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    Entrance Road to Old Mission at Cataldo
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  • Old Mission State Park

    Idaho's oldest building, The Sacred Heart Mission is located minutes east of Couer d'Alene, Idaho, in the unincorporated village of Cataldo. In addition to the Sacred Heart Mission, the park includes the parish house and a historic cemetery. An impressive visitors' center is in the planning and construction phases.Having learned of the great powers...

  • Dug Out Canoe and New Visitors Center

    There's a new 3,000 sq. ft. visitors center due to open in Spring of 2009. This will be the new home for many fragile mission relics that are perhaps in need of a better climate controlled atmosphere. Outside nearby a display of the type of dug out canoe typical for the early mission period.

  • Old Mission Cemetary, Part II

    Here are more images. It pays to attend closely to some tombstones as they may report in some detail about the remarkable life of the person buried there....

  • Old Mission Cemetary

    Several Coeur d'Alene chiefs and many tribe members, along with priests and others who came to the mission, are buried in this cemetary. Apparently, more than 300 bodies are estimated to be buried here although only a few are marked with a tombstone. I like the Autumn colors found here during my visit.

  • Parish House Chapel

    Naturally, the Parish priests had a place of their own for meditation and prayer--away from the heathen missionary flock. Many of the better paintings and artwork created by the priests are on display in this darkened room.

  • Parish Residence Interior

    The parish residence upstairs is still used as management offices, but downstairs is given over to displays of furniture and trappings of 19th century parish daily life. Many items appear authentic heirlooms from the priests, while a few odd pieces of furniture appear to fill-in.

  • Parish Residence

    Several parish residences burned down before the one nearby the Old Mission was built. This building dates back to 1888, and was constructed under the direction of veteran carpenter Br. Achilles Carfagno. Much of the lumber was brought from mills in Spokane Falls. During restoration of both the Old Mission and the Parish House in 1928-30, the...

  • Ravalli's Altar and Interior...

    The carved ceiling is painted blue to satisfy the needs of the Coeur D' Alene Indians who had previously worshiped outside on this knoll. Inside, the entire altar and two wooden statues (Blessed Virgin and St. John the Evangelist) on either side, painted white to resemble marble, and the oil painting of St. Simon Stock receiving the Scapular, which...

  • Mission Cataldo Interior Architecture

    The flooring is solid pine, but the walls are wattle and dab clad in pine paneling. The ceiling is also pine paneling, each a differenent design with applied pinewood ornamentation that completed by Br. Francis Huybrechts. Huybrechts also carved the frames for 14 lithographs brought from Europe that portray the Passion of Christ.


Cataldo Off The Beaten Path

  • Mullan Highway and Trail of the Coeur...

    The entrance to the Old Mission actually travels along the old Mullan Highway that was the first road cut through the Bitteroot Mountains and Silver Valley. Mullan and his crew camped near the mission during their work. Today, portions of this are part of the Union Railroad right of way that was repatriated to the Coeur d'Alenes Tribe and...

  • West Cemetary

    Follow a trail to the west of the mission building, down a hill into rather unkept brush and you will find hidden away a small cemetary. The number of bodies buried here remains uncertain, but it is clear that at least a few graves are provided flowers from time to time. These burials are generally more recent than in the Old Mission cemetary so...

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