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“Really great site--a must do”

Old Mission State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Cataldo
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Owner description: The Old Mission (Mission of the Sacred Heart) is the oldest standing building in Idaho.
Reviewed 7 September 2012

This site had it all: helpful customer service, various structures to visit on the site, walking area for people and pets, and a fabulous museum. The site is self paced and easy to visit, with just enough information to allow you to guide yourself. The real asset is the museum, which tells a complex history of Jesuit theology within Catholicism, Native American ideas about spirituality, their encounter in the early 19th century, its effects on Catholic and traditional practices, the American context and history, ethnographic artifacts, and how life is lived now. It was beautiful rich without becoming too complex, and was fair to all. Very well done. I'd go back.

Thank Stateseer
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Reviewed 29 August 2012

a little piece of Idaho's History the Old Mission State Park surrounds the Cataldo Mission which is the oldest building in the state of Idaho. Founded by Father Cataldo back in the olden days it was the first mission in the whole of North Idaho. The Mission building is open to the public for a small fee and there is also a nice museum next to the mission and day picnic area. Back in the 1800s river boats used to travel up the river from the lake to bring food and visitors to the mission. If you are traveling through north Idaho on I 90 this is a nice educational stop for a break.

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Reviewed 28 August 2012

Stopped in real quick with the family on way back to Montana. Had the whole place to ourselves. Beautiful piece of history, don't miss the walking trails around the perimeter, the young kids loved it. So happy that we stopped to smell the flowers.

Thank Jared L
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

We stopped here on a whim and it was lovely....and the fee was only $5 per vehicle. The interpretive center is in a very nice building with clean washrooms. We didn't spend a tremendous amount of time looking through the exhibits but you certainly could. Very well put together and informative. Outside along with the buildings there are beautiful walking paths with breathtaking views. Certainly worth the stop.

Thank brandylcat
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

So beautiful in the fall...all the colors of autumn. The church is very interesting.

Thank meredith c
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