A Jesuit mission in Montana
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
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St. Mary KOA
The Mission, and the town that grew up around it, was founded in 1854 by Jesuit missionaries and named for their founder, St. Ignatius Loyola. In the following years it was the home of the first Jesuit theologate and industrial arts school in the Northwest, the first Catholic Sisters and Catholic school in Montana, and the first hospital, sawmill, flour mill, printing press, carpenter shop and blacksmith shop in the Mission Valley.
Today there remains only the Mission church, built in 1891 and now a National Historic Site, and two small cabins, the original homes of the Jesuit Fathers and the Providence Sisters. Though the physical remains may be few, there is a lasting heritage which has continued and will continue through the years.'
The above quote is taken from a booklet 'St
Yesterday I went on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, the only paved road in the park, which connects the West Entrance and St. Mary to the East. It was another fantastic drive which takes you up to Logan Pass with a perfect view all around. I had wanted to camp at 'Rising Sun' but it was full when I arrived in the late afternoon, so I went just outside the park and camped at the St. Mary KOA, also beautifully located. They offered chicken BBQ for dinner which suited me fine after a couple of days eating out of a can. In a few moments I will head west along Hwy-2. Tanzy also recommended the Ross Creek Giant Cedars right next to the Idaho stateline. There are some National Forest campgrounds in the area, so I will probably end up there tonight.