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Old Mission State Park

Interstate 90, Exit 39, Cataldo, ID 83810
+1 208-682-3814
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A beautiful setting with fantastic historical information on the Westward Movement of the Churches.

We have traveled by this historic site many times over the years, and finally took the time to stop... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pam C
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Short visit, I’ll try again

I didn’t know they closed at five and I got there at 4:45, so I just walked into the gift shop area... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2018
Ed B
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Eagle Mountain, Utah
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The Old Mission (Mission of the Sacred Heart) is the oldest standing building in Idaho.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good48%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
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Interstate 90, Exit 39, Cataldo, ID 83810
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+1 208-682-3814
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have traveled by this historic site many times over the years, and finally took the time to stop and tour the buildings. The day we went to the Mission, they were working on reroofing the church. The workmanship and supplies needed to complete this...More

Thank Pam C
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Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

I didn’t know they closed at five and I got there at 4:45, so I just walked into the gift shop area for a minute and talked to the workers. I am least was able to see the outside of the buildings and it looks...More

Thank Ed B
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

We not only toured the oldest building in Idaho, with ceilings stained naturally, using huckleberry juice. We also watched a great video and looked at artifacts at the Visitor Center. And I hear they do weddings there!

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

A beautiful and historic experience. So glad I was able to learn about this part of North West history. I will say as others have said that many of the buildings are clearly in need of a coat paint just to survive the winter. Sad...More

Thank DisneyFan30
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

I studied about Cataldo in Idaho history in the 4th grade. Some 65+ years later I finally got to see it. My wife and mother were with me.We were in awe with the construction methods! The grounds were spotless. The oldest building in Idaho will...More

1  Thank Steve H
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

We went into the Visitor Center first and were looking forward to seeing the Old Mission up on the hill in all its glory. Frankly, the exhibits and photos in the Visitor Center (including the one on TripAdvisor) have either been cleverly doctored or taken...More

2  Thank 523SM523
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

This is an extremely interesting place. The mission church is the oldest building in Idaho, and speaks in a particularly direct way to the early contact between Native Americans and Europeans (in this case a Belgian missionary). De Smet seems to have been one busy...More

1  Thank Thomas F
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

I last visited this grand old building when just 8 years old and now I revisited again with my family of 4. We loved walking through the buildings and imagining what this place was like back in the old days. The walking trails were fun...More

1  Thank Andrew V
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Wonderful old mission to visit and imagine how life was when there were many more buildings to include school and orphanage. Walking path with markers is nice break complete with cemetery stones. The museum is much larger than you think and expanded on the relationship...More

2  Thank Jan D
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Reviewed 13 June 2017

We enjoyed our visit here. There was so much information and history to learn. The price is also very inexpensive.

1  Thank Judy S
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Robert M
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Response from Ashton S | Reviewed this property |
You can bring leashed dogs, but they are not allowed in the Visitors Center or in any of the historic buildings.
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Summer hours are 9 am to 5 pm – April through September Winter hours are 10 am to 3 pm – October through March Closed major holidays in the winter According to their web page as of today (June 27, 2015). But might always... More
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