Glenda's Adventures with Daisy 2006-07 travel blog

Church at Old Mission of the Sacred Heart

Altar in Church

Restored Parish House

Church Bell

This morning I got up a little earlier than usual so I would have time to find a church to attend. I looked first in St. Regis, of course, but didn't find one. Then I drove on and stopped at several villages but still didn't find one until I got to Osburn, Idaho, where I attended the Community Baptist Church. They had some guest singers who have roots in the church and also a guest speaker. Their pastor is on vacation. After church they invited me to have refreshments with them in their fellowship hall.

In the afternoon I stopped at Cataldo, Idaho to visit the Old Mission of the Sacred Heart, which opened for services in 1853. It is the oldest building in Idaho. It stands on a hilltop 24 miles east of Coeur d'Alene just off I-90. It was constructed in 1850-53 by members of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe and Catholic Missionaries. It was designed by Father Anthony Ravalli who studied theology, philosophy, mathematics, natural science, medicine, art and architecture in Italy.

The Mission served as the site for council after conflict with Col. Steptoe and as headquarters for Capt. John Mullan when building his road. In 1887, because the mission was not included within the reservation's boundaries, the mission was relocated to its current location in DeSmet, Idaho.

After leaving the mission, I drove on to the Wolf Lodge Campground east of Coeur d'Alene for the night. Locals pronounce it CORE DAH LANE. The name is French for "Heart of the Awl" and was given to the Indians by early French traders because of the natives' sharp trading practices.

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