July 18, 2011 in Outdoors
Rich Landers photo

The sign at the parking lot along LeClerc Road reads “a beautiful grotto exists.” Used for centuries by tribal members along the Pend Oreille River, the Manresa Grotto also is the site of the first St. Ignatius Mission and Catholic Church founded by Jesuits. The cave is a focal point for the reservation and the Tribe continues to hold Mass there at least once a year. The Manresa Grotto is on the National Register of Historic Places.”


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