Nestled between Moscow Mountain and the rolling hills of the Palouse, Moscow is located in beautiful northern Idaho. Small-town friendliness meets a great location for higher education, Moscow being home to the University of Idaho, with Washington State University just across the state line.
After settlers arrived in 1871, the town became know as “Paradise Valley”. In 1877, Samuel Neff filed for a postal permit under the name of Moscow because the area reminded him of his hometown of Moscow, Pennsylvania – not Moscow, Russia as some may be likely to presume!
In 1875, the city’s first store was opened on what is now Main Street. Like many western towns Moscow grew with the arrival of the railroad, in 1885. The town became incorporated two years later and was chosen as the site for a land-grant institution, the University of Idaho as Idaho achieved statehood in 1890.