Monday, June 20, 2011
The Old Mission
The city of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho grew up around General Sherman's military fort. It's a small city with about 44,000 people but it has a lot to offer.
We visited the Old Mission, which is Idaho's Oldest Standing Building. It used to be known as the Mission of the Sacred Heart. And you can see one of the Priest's paintings of The Sacred Heart displayed in the door.
Many of the better paintings and artwork created by the priests are on display. They are really amazing when you know that the Jesuit Priests cut the hair of their house cat and fashioned their own cat hair paintbrushes to create these paintings.
This beautiful Parish House was the home to five or six Jesuit Priests.
It really makes you imagine the old west when you hear the tales of the Indians and Priests working together and you look outside the front door of the Mission and see the teepee standing on the slope below.
This Mission was built in 1850-53 by members of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Tribe and Catholic Missionaries.
If you're ever in Idaho, this is one site to see.