St. Joseph's Catholic Church

St. Joseph's Catholic Church circa 1867
St. Joseph's Catholic Church - 1867

Looking east up Church Hill, you will see the steeple and frame structure of the oldest Catholic church built for Euro-Americans in Idaho. The fire of 1865 destroyed almost the entire town within two hours, but the church miraculously survived when miners rallied to its protection. There were as many as a hundred miners at once on the roof. It was not so lucky when the second fire hit in May of 1867. The new building now before you was completed in November that same year, and the few vestments and alter pieces rescued from the fire are still inside.

As of August 2007 they are remodeling the inside to look like it was over a hundred years ago. We will as we can bring updated pictures of the progress as it comes along.