Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park

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Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park

Idaho

(208) 682-3814

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Overview

The oldest standing building in all of Idaho is found here, in the Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park. The Mission of the Sacred Heart (or Sacred Heart Mission) was constructed between 1850 and 1853 by Catholic missionaries and members of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sacred Heart Mission and the Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park provide an educational experience not found anywhere else, giving visitors an opportunity to examine the dynamics and complexities between Jesuit missionaries and the tribal people among whom they settled.

The park features the Sacred Heart Mission building, a restored Parish House and an historic cemetery. The visitor center includes an interpretive exhibit about the Mission and the Coeur d'Alene Indians. A walking audio tour tape is available.

Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, with the historic Mission and Parish house open for touring. The Visitor Center is open on Saturday and Sunday only from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The trailhead of the 73-mile long Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is near the park, in the town of Cataldo, creating easy access for bikers, walkers, runners, and rollerbladers.

Map of Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission (ID)

Latitude, Longitude: 47.549718, -116.356266

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boat ramp available.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails, hard paths.

  • Historic Sites

    The Sacred Heart Mission continues to have great spiritual meaning and historic significance. While the function of the mission shifted over time, its original purpose has always remained the same: to serve as a place of worship and spiritual connection for the Coeur d'Alenes. Thus, the Mission, and the land on which it sits, is a living site and the tribe's connection to it has continued through the generations despite the nineteenth century creation of a reservation 60 miles away. The area around the Mission is revered as the ancestral homeland for many of today's reservation families and is visited each year in mid-August by tribal members to observe the Feast of the Assumption.

    In 1962, the Sacred Heart Mission was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark. In 1975, the mission and surrounding acreage were designated as a state historic site and park.

    Today, the Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park consists of the 1853 Mission building, an 1887 Parish House, two cemeteries and a 9,000 square foot visitor center that holds displays about the history of the Mission, the region and the Coeur d'Alenes. All of these features combined create a fascinating and educational snapshot of historic Idaho and the tribal people of the region.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas.

Directions

Driving

From Coeur d'Alene travel E. on I-90 approximately 26 mile, take Exit 39. Park is 10 miles W. of Kellogg.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(208) 682-3814

Campground reservations

(888) 922-6743

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