Growth of Moscow, Idaho

Illustrative geographic history shown through cityscape photography and illustrations.

Panoramic view of Moscow, Idaho (1883)Latah County Historical Society

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

Bird's Eye View of the city of Moscow Latah County, Idaho.., Augustus Koch, 1897, From the collection of: Latah County Historical Society
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View of Moscow looking southeast, 1900/1905, From the collection of: Latah County Historical Society
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By 1900 Moscow began to be built with brick, especially in the downtown core.

View of Moscow, Idaho from the south (1910/1920)Latah County Historical Society

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

Moscow from [Latah County] Court House (1930/1940)Latah County Historical Society

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

View of downtown Moscow, Idaho from the courthouse (1930/1935) by Hodgins FotoLatah County Historical Society

Moscow from Idaho campus (1940/1950)Latah County Historical Society

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

Aer view Moscow, Idaho (1943-04-19) by Charles DimondLatah County Historical Society

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.

Aerial view of Moscow, Idaho in color (1960/1969)Latah County Historical Society

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

Friendship square in Moscow, Idaho (1980/1990)Latah County Historical Society

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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