The oldest standing building in all of Idaho is found here, in the Coeur dAlenes 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 dAlene Tribe. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sacred Heart Mission and the Coeur dAlenes 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 a gift shop and an interpretive movie about the history of the Mission and the Coeur d'Alene Indians.

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