I wouldn’t call it a town, or even a village at this point. Slickpoo Idaho is more of a group of a few houses along Mission Creek just out of Culdesac Idaho. With that being said, it was at one time a much larger village. In 1874 the chief of the Nez Perce Indians who were living in the area invited Father Joseph M. Cataldo to start a Catholic Mission there. In my research, I have found different names for who gave the land. In a usgwarchives.net paper it states the following :
“This was the first Roman Catholic mission among the Nez Perce Tribe. Built by Father Joseph M. Cataldo, S. J., it was dedicated on September 8, 1874. Father Cataldo was invited by Chief Weeptes Sumpq`in (Eagle Shirt) to locate the Mission on his land at present day Slickpoo, Idaho. By 1910, St. Joseph’s Mission grounds included a convent, children’s home, and a church building. Fires destroyed the children’s dorms in 1916 and again in 1925. Father Cataldo died in 1928.”
In an article on history.Idaho.gov it states this:
“Josiah Slickpoo provided a Mission Creek site somewhat isolated from Presbyterian missionary activities, and construction was completed by September 8, 1874. ”
As I turned up Mission Creek road I was pleased to discover a beautiful drive with green pastures and a curvy country road lined with trees in many spots and along the creek. It’s worth the visit just to drive to the historic mission. The mission is now private though and not open to the public. The mission looks to be holding together pretty well for a wooden building that is 142 years old.
Here is a closer shot of the statue in front of the mission.
Across the street there’s an old building with a couple of outhouses in front of it. The sign on the building says it’s a museum, but I’m not sure if it’s ever open anymore. I was not able to find much info about it on the internet besides that John and Joetta Pfeifer started the museum in 1989. I plan on trying to find out more about the museum because I would love to see whats still there. In back of the museum are some old agricultural implements that are being covered with the overgrowth. Also back there is this cool old caboose.
I love old rustic buildings and this caboose fit the part pretty well. I also wonder whats inside of it. I processed this next picture to show all of the awesome textures in the metal with moss on it and the wood grain.
If anyone reading this has any further info on the mission or the museum, please leave me a comment below.