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Cataldo, Idaho
  • It's an easy access with plenty of parking and a great learning experience

    • by Sherrie Taylor

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      Cataldo, Idaho is off highway 90 in northern Idaho. It is a very small town, but is best know for the mission. It’s an easy access with plenty of parking and a great learning experience.

      As you leave the highway for the mission it is only a few minutes to the parking lot. You can see the mission from the highway so be ready for your exit.

      It is $4 per car to park and that is your only charge. Cataldo mission is one of the oldest buildings in northern


      The first place you enter is the mission home. At the front is a small gift shop where you pay for your parking and get information for your own self guided tour.

      All area’s have been updated for wheelchair access so don’t let that stop you from living this part of history for a short while. As you tour the first floor of the home you’ll see the living area where guest were hosted.

      It is smaller than homes today, but they probably didn’t get a lot of company ...

      • then! Next is the kitchen area with a sample of the stove used to cooking and some of the rustic furniture that has lasted through the years. At the back is a small room with samples of the clothing worn by the parish priest at the time and some very good carvings of statues.

        After you leave the building you go to the main church. As you enter notice the high cellings and the wood carvings that decorate it.

        This building has a lot of the old woodcraft cravings of

        the time showing the talent of the people building in the area. The grounds are beautiful and open with picnic tables so you can bring lunch and relax as you tour.

        There is a nature walking tour with signs at various stops with historical information. The river is right behind the mission area and they used to bring in supplies and visitors by steamboats.

        It is worth the stop and always say hi to the locals. Donations are always welcome and go to the up keep and seasonal workers maintaining the mission for the future.

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