Growth of Moscow, Idaho

Latah County Historical Society

Illustrative geographic history shown through cityscape photography and illustrations.

The city of Moscow, Idaho was being built mostly with the plentiful wood resources in what would become Latah County.

By 1900 Moscow began to be built with brick, especially in the downtown core.

By 1910 Moscow had dirt roads with deep ruts from early automobile travel.

In ten short years Moscow began to bloom into a modern city complete with paved roads, a water towers and well-built infrastructure.

Moscow as it looked during the second World War from the University of Idaho campus, taken near the Administration building on the campus green.

Like many western towns the railroad was the center of commerce in Moscow. In this photograph, taken in 1943, notice the warehouses, silos and importance of the railroads.

Moscow, Idaho as it looked in color in the 1960s. Moscow Mountain can be seen as the backdrop behind the sprawling city.

Moscow, Idaho
These historic images of Moscow help to show how Moscow expanded and grew. This final image was taken after the re-orientation of Idaho Highway 95 around Main Street. This shows Friendship square along a pedestrian friendly main street, the site of the Moscow Farmers Market.
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The Growth of Moscow, Idaho was developed by the Latah County Historical Society.

Zachary Wnek, Museum Curator, Latah County Historical Society, developed this exhibition for the Google Cultural Institute.

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