Moscow, Idaho

Moscow (/ˈmɒskoʊ/ MOS-koh) is a city in northern Idaho along the state border with Washington, with a population of 23,800 at the 2010 census. The county seat and largest city of Latah County,[4] Moscow is the home of the University of Idaho, the state's land grant institution and primary research university, as well as the home of New Saint Andrews College, a Christian liberal arts college.

It is the principal city in the Moscow, Idaho Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Latah County. The city contains over 60% of the county's population, and while the university is Moscow's dominant employer, the city also serves as an agricultural and commercial hub for the Palouse region.

Along with the rest of northern Idaho, Moscow is in the Pacific Time Zone. The elevation of its city center is 2,579 feet (786 m) above sea level. Major highways serving the city are US-95 (north-south) and ID-8 (east-west), both of which are routed through central Moscow. Limited commercial air service is four miles west (6 km) at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport.

The Palouse 1
The Palouse, and Tomer Butte
Moscow, Idaho
Moscow, ID
Official logo of Moscow, Idaho

Heart of the Arts
Location of Moscow in Latah County, Idaho.
Location of Moscow in Latah County, Idaho.
Moscow, Idaho is located in the United States
Moscow, Idaho
Moscow, Idaho
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 46°44′N 117°00′W / 46.73°N 117.00°WCoordinates: 46°44′N 117°00′W / 46.73°N 117.00°W
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (town)1887
 • TypeCouncil-Mayor
 • MayorBill Lambert
 • City SupervisorGary J. Riedner
 • Total6.86 sq mi (17.77 km2)
 • Land6.86 sq mi (17.76 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
2,579 ft (786 m)
 • Total23,800
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,693.41/sq mi (1,425.93/km2)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (Pacific Daylight)
ZIP code
Area code(s)208
FIPS code16-54550
GNIS feature ID0400006
U.S. Routelink = U.S. Route 95 in Idaho
State Highwaylink = Idaho State Highway 8
Moscow First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church (1904), S. Adams at E. 3rd St.

Geography and natural history

Looking south at Moscow in April 2007

Main Street runs north-south through Moscow along the 117th meridian west.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.85 square miles (17.74 km2), all of it land.[5]

Moscow lies on the eastern edge of the Palouse region of north central Idaho in the Columbia River Plateau. East of the city is a valley within the mountains of the Palouse Range to the northeast, whose highest point is Moscow Mountain at 4,983 feet (1,519 m) above sea level. The less prominent Paradise Ridge at 3,702 feet (1,128 m) and Tomer Butte at 3,474 feet (1,059 m) are southeast of the city.[6] Paradise Creek, with headwaters on Moscow Mountain to the northeast, flows through Moscow, then crosses the state border and joins the south fork of the Palouse River near Pullman, which eventually drains into the Snake River and Columbia River on its way to the Pacific Ocean.[7]

Moscow, Idaho
Moscow, Idaho (right) along the state border of Washington.

The geology in and around Moscow represents varied formations: very old intrusive granite structures of the JurassicEocene Idaho Batholith, fertile fields atop rolling hills of deep Pleistocene loess of the Palouse Formation deposited after the last ice age by westerly winds, and flood-worn channels of the Columbia River Basalt Group.[8][9]

There is a variety of flora and fauna within the vicinity of Moscow. An amphibian, the Rough-skinned Newt, has a disjunctive population at Moscow; this species is found typically along the Pacific coast of the USA.[10] The city sits at the boundary between the Palouse grasslands and wheat fields, and the conifer forests of the Rocky Mountains to the east.


UI Arboretum's north entrance
Palouse, moscow, idaho
Palouse Hills


Miners and farmers began arriving in the northern Idaho area after the Civil War. The first permanent settlers came to the Moscow area 148 years ago in 1871. The abundance of camas bulbs, a favorite fodder of pigs brought by the farmers, led to naming the vicinity "Hog Heaven." When the first US post office opened in 1872, the town was called "Paradise Valley," but the name was changed to "Moscow" in 1875. The name Paradise persists with the main waterway through town, Paradise Creek, which originates at the west end of the Palouse Range, flows south to the Troy Highway, and west to Pullman where it enters the South Fork of the Palouse River.


The precise origin of the name Moscow has been disputed. There is no conclusive proof that it has any connection to the Russian capital, though various accounts suggest it was purposely evocative of the Russian city or named by Russian immigrants.[11] Another account claims that the name derives from a Native American tribe named "Masco".[12] It was reported by early settlers that five men in the area met to choose a proper name for the town, but could not come to agreement on a name. The postmaster Samuel Neff then completed the official papers for the town and selected the name Moscow. Neff was born in Moscow, Pennsylvania and later moved to Moscow, Iowa.[13]

The business district was established by 1875 and the town was a center of commerce for the region. By 1890, the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company's rail line (later the Union Pacific) and the Northern Pacific railroad line helped to boost the town's population to 2,000.

Alternative Note on Name and Early History

Copy of a letter from Northern Pacific Railway agent in Moscow, likely R.W. Morris, to C.E. Arney, the Northern Pacific's Western Immigration and Indian Agent in Spokane, Washington. Arney wrote all station agents in Idaho on May 12, 1922, requesting the origin of the names of their stations for the NP's travel publication Wonderland, edited by Olin D. Wheeler. Moscow's agent replied May 15, 1922, as follows:

I called ex-Governor William J. McConnell [Republican, 1893-1897, 1839-1925], who was on the ground when the name was selected.

He advises there is very little history in connection with the name. A Russian from Moscow, Russia, established a trading post here, where Moscow now stands, and they decided to name it Moscow after his native city in Russia.

Previous to locating Moscow, there was a trading post about one mile southeast of here. The above mentioned Russian was successful in getting a post office here, and the trading post, which was known as Paradise Valley, was abolished.

The surrounding country was known as Horse Heaven Country, account grass grew well, and the Indians grazed large herds of horses.

Original document at the University of Montana, Mike and Maureen Mansfield Library, K. Ross Toole Archives, Collection 178, Box 210, Folder 10.

The capital of the Idaho Territory was relocated from Lewiston to Boise in December 1864. In the late 1880s, statehood for the Washington Territory was nearing. Because its commercial and transportation interests looked west, rather than south, the citizens of the Idaho Panhandle passionately lobbied for their region to join Washington, or to form an entirely separate state, rather than remain connected with the less accessible southern Idaho. To appease the residents of the north, the territorial legislature of Idaho in Boise placed the new land grant university in Moscow, which at the time was the largest city other than Boise in the state. The University of Idaho was chartered in January 1889, and first opened its doors to students in October 1892.[14]

In March 1890, Moscow's neighboring city, Pullman, was selected as the home of Washington's land grant institution. The college which became Washington State University opened its doors in January 1892. Washington entered the union as the 42nd state in November 1889 and Idaho entered next, eight months later, in July 1890.

Moscow City Hall and Old Post Office

The Old Post Office, constructed in 1910, now the current City Hall (2016)

Moscow Public Library

Members of the Pleiades Club and Ladies' Historical Club formed a cooperative named the Women's Reading Room Society and established a small library in the Browne building at the corner of Main and Second Streets in 1902.[15]

In 1904, the committee planned to raise funds for a new library building. Andrew Carnegie promised funding of $10,000 if the community agreed to maintain a free public library at the rate of at least $1000 annually. Moscow voters approved a permanent tax in 1905 and with successful fundraising by subscription of local residents and businesses, coupled with the Carnegie library money, the library construction was begun in 1905. In March 1906, the Mission Style building was ready for occupancy. Later that month, a fire at the university's Administration Building totally destroyed that structure, so the new library was used for university classes during the day and residents used the library in the evening. Beginning in 1907 the building was returned to full use as a library. The original library building (which is on the National Register of Historic Places) was expanded in 1931 and 1983. It houses a children's room named for Moscow native Carol Ryrie Brink, the author of 1936 Newbery Medal winner Caddie Woodlawn.

In 2006, the Friends of the Library celebrated a Century of Service for the organization. The current organizational structure of library service encompasses all public libraries in Latah County as the Latah County Library District. The library enjoys broad support from the citizens of Moscow and the County and is also supported by the Idaho Commission for Libraries (formerly the Idaho State Library.)

The Moscow Public Library currently houses about 60% of Latah County Library District's 100,000 volume collection. Administrative, technical, youth services, and branch services offices for the Library District are all housed at this location as well. The library offers year-round programming for all ages, including storytimes and a summer reading program for children, book clubs for teenagers and adults, and presentations by outside experts and organizations. The library also offers public Internet access computers as well as free wifi.

The library serves as resource for all the residents of Moscow, or as one essayist (Ellis Clark) in the 2006 contest states, "When time, money, or circumstances bind you to one locale, the Library is your passport for travel."[16]


The opening of Moscow Mall (now Eastside Marketplace)[17] and the Palouse Empire Mall (now Palouse Mall) in the late 1970s[18][19] shifted many retail businesses away from the aging city center, with buildings dating to the 1890s.[20] The city developed a revitalization project for downtown in the early 1970s that included a major traffic revision,[21] which was enacted in 1981.[22][23] Traffic from US 95 on Main Street was diverted a block away to one-way corridors on Washington (northbound) and Jackson (southbound) streets, to alleviate congestion and improve pedestrian safety and the overall city center experience.[24] Main Street was converted from four busy lanes with metered parallel parking to two lanes of local retail traffic with free diagonal parking; its sidewalks were modified and trees were added.[25] At the north end of Moscow, southbound highway traffic divided west at 'D' Street to Jackson and returned to Main at 8th; the northbound route divided east at 8th, but returned to Main four blocks earlier in the north end, at 1st Street.[26][27]

Downtown Moscow in 2007,
at Main & 5th streets

The original 90-degree couplets of 1981 used existing streets of the grid;[23][24] intended to be temporary,[26] but remained for years. The primary safety hazard was inexperienced truck drivers; excessive speed through the tight corners led to toppled loads and subsequent traffic snarls, with occasional damage to adjacent structures.[28] The new, straighter couplets at the north end are both over a block in length and eliminated existing structures. The return couplet from Washington Street runs from 1st Street to beyond 'A' Street; it eliminated the original front portion (white stucco chapel) of the Corner Club tavern at the northeast corner of 'A' and Main, which was demolished in early 1991[29][30][31] after staving off its elimination for over a decade.[32] The building on the southeast corner, the Idaho Hotel,[33] built in 1890,[20] was razed for the traffic project in 1977 and was a vacant lot for over a decade.[34][35]

The first of the new couplets was completed during the summer of 1991.[36][37] The new southbound couplet to Jackson Street was completed the following year in 1992[38] and begins north of 'C' Street. It eliminated a former service station at the northwest corner of 'C' and Main, which had been converted to other retail for over a decade. The critical couplet at the south end of the city was delayed several times for various reasons.[28][39][40][41] Completed in 2000,[42] it is two blocks south and one block east of the 1981 divider at 8th Street. After Sweet Avenue, northbound Main Street bends a block east to align with northbound one-way Washington Street, intersecting the two-way Troy Highway from the southeast. Southbound US 95 traffic joins the intersection from the northwest, arriving on a one-way diagonal from Jackson Street. Agricultural buildings on the block between Jackson and Main (College St. to Lewis St.) were razed in the late 1990s to complete this new corridor.[40]

Another significant change to local commerce was the increase of the state's legal drinking age to 21 in April 1987,[43][44] after nearly fifteen years at age 19.[45][46] Many establishments that relied on revenues from 19- and 20-year-olds from the two university communities had to adjust or cease operations.[47] Prior to the lowering to 19 in July 1972, the drinking age in Idaho was 20 for beer and 21 for liquor and wine.[48]

A fixture of the Moscow skyline for nearly a century,[49] the concrete grain elevators on south Main Street were demolished in March 2007.[50] Located on the southwest corner of 8th & Main, the elevators were last operated by the Latah County Grain Growers.[51][52][53] The other major concrete elevator complex, on Jackson Street south of 6th,[54][55] was also slated for the wrecking ball. Idle since 2005, it was saved by a preservationist group in 2007.[56][57][58] Its newer large-diameter metal silo hosted summer theater productions in 2011.[59]



  • US 95.svg - US-95 (Main St., Jackson St.-Southbound, and Washington St.-Northbound) - to Coeur d'Alene, Sandpoint (north) and Lewiston, Boise (via ID-55.svg)(south)
  • ID-8.svg - ID-8 (Pullman Road, 3rd Street, Jackson Street-Southbound, Washington Street-Northbound, and Troy Road) - to Pullman, Spokane (via US 195.svg) (west) and Troy, Deary (east); with paved trails (see next section)


Pullman–Moscow Regional Airport is five miles (8 km) west, just east of the Washington State University campus. Other nearby airports are the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, 34 miles (55 km) south, and Spokane International, ninety miles (140 km) north.

Rail and bus service

Amtrak passenger train service is available in Spokane, and there is a bus station in downtown Moscow. Bus service is to Spokane northbound and Boise southbound through Northwestern Trailways. Wheatland Express also provides service to Spokane.

Parks and recreation

Moscow, Idaho Renaissance Fair Maypole Dance
Maypole Dancers in East City Park.

There are seventeen neighborhood parks located throughout the town offering a wide variety of venues for outdoor activities. These parks fall under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Parks and Recreation Department. The Moscow Pathways Commission[60] (formerly Paradise Path Task Force) is a citizen committee seeking to develop a system of linearly connected parks throughout the area. Carol Ryrie Brink Nature Park was a community collaboration between the Palouse Clearwater Environmental Institute and local volunteers to remeander Paradise Creek and add riparian plantings. The Moscow community, including schools and the city, led by local youth, raised money over several years to fund, design, and build a skate park which was completed in 2000.

The Latah Trail, completed in October 2008, extends from the eastern edge of Moscow bike path system to Troy, parallel to the Troy Highway (SH-8) for most of its 12 miles (19 km). On the west side of Moscow, the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail connects the two university communities of the Palouse. Starting at the University of Idaho's Perimeter Road, it gradually descends with Paradise Creek for 8 miles (13 km) to Pullman through Whitman County, alongside the Moscow-Pullman Highway. Completed in April 1998,[61] the trail honors a Pullman businessman (and UI alumnus) who died two years earlier, following a winter highway accident in Spokane County.[62][63] The Paradise Path bridges the gap in Moscow between the endpoints of the Chipman and Latah trails, passing through the north and east edges of the UI campus. The trail systems together constitute a continuous 22-mile (35 km) paved linear park from Pullman to Troy, extending in Troy beyond the eastern boundary of the Palouse ecosystem. From Pullman to the western boundary of Moscow (the state line), it follows the right of way of a dismantled Union Pacific railroad line, and east of US-95 it follows the right of way of a dismantled BNSF railroad line that junctioned at Arrow on the Clearwater River by way of Troy, Kendrick, and Juliaetta.

A small park in Moscow, Idaho, near the University of Idaho, is named for Admiral Ghormley.[64]

Arts and culture

The city was highlighted in a comedy special at University of Idaho by actor-comedian Yakov Smirnoff, filmed in late 1990.[65] Using Moscow as its setting pokes fun at Smirnoff emigrating from Moscow, Russia.[66][67]

Name Dates Location Notes
Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival February, last weekend Multiple venues Main concerts: Kibbie Dome
Moscow Hemp Fest April, mid-month East City Park
Renaissance Fair May, first weekend East City Park Multiple stages and events
Farmers Market May–October, Saturdays Main Street 8am - 1pm
Rendezvous in the Park July, third week East City Park
Light up the Night Parade December 1 Main Street

Higher education

East entrance the University of Idaho,
Moscow, ID

The University of Idaho (officially abbreviated UI, locally referred to as "U of I") is the U.S. state of Idaho's oldest public university, located in the city of Moscow in Latah County in the northern portion of the state. It is the state's flagship, land-grant, and primary research university. The University of Idaho was the state's sole university for 71 years, until 1963, and its College of Law, established in 1909, was first accredited by the American Bar Association in 1925.

Formed by the territorial legislature on January 30, 1889, the university opened its doors in 1892 on October 3, with an initial class of 40 students. The first graduating class in 1896 contained two men and two women. It presently has an enrollment exceeding 12,000, with over 11,000 on the Moscow campus. The university offers 142 degree programs, from accountancy to wildlife resources, including bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and specialists' degrees. Certificates of completion are offered in 30 areas of study. At 25% and 53%, its 4 and 6 year graduation rates[68] are the highest of any public university in Idaho, and it generates 74 percent of all research money in the state, with research expenditures of $100 million in 2010 alone.

As a land-grant university and the primary research university in the state, UI has the largest campus in the state at 1,585 acres (6.4 km2), located in the rolling hills of the Palouse region at an elevation of 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level.[69] The school is home to the Idaho Vandals, who will compete on the Division I FBS (formerly I-A) level through the 2017 season, and will drop down to the FCS level in 2018.[70] In addition to the main campus in Moscow, the UI has branch campuses in Coeur d'Alene, Boise, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. It also operates a research park in Post Falls and dozens of extension offices statewide.[71]

New Saint Andrews College opened in 1994 and moved to its present campus on Main Street in 2003.[72]

Primary and secondary education

The Moscow School District#281 operates Moscow High School (9-12), an alternative high school, a middle school (7-8), and four elementary schools (K-6).[73]

There are two public charter schools Moscow Charter School (K-8) and Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning (K-8). In addition there are three private schools, Logos School (K-12), St Mary's School (K-8), and Palouse Hills Christian School (K-8).

High school

Alternative High School

  • Paradise Creek Regional High School (10–12)

Middle school

  • Moscow Middle School (6–8)

Elementary schools

  • Lena Whitmore Elementary School (K–5)
  • A.B. McDonald Elementary School (K–5)
  • John Russell Elementary School (3–5)
  • West Park Elementary School (K–2)


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201625,322[3]6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[74]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 23,800 people, 9,180 households, and 4,335 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,474.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,341.5/km2). There were 9,879 housing units at an average density of 1,442.2 per square mile (556.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.9% White, 1.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 3.1% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.6% of the population.

There were 9,180 households of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 52.8% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 24.2 years. 16.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 36.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 15.6% were from 45 to 64; and 7.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.8% male and 48.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census[75] of 2000, there were 21,291 people, 7,724 households, and 3,869 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,460.6 people per square mile (1,336.7 per km²). There were 8,029 housing units at an average density of 1,305.0 per square mile (504.1 per km²). The racial makeup of the city was:

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.47% of the population.

There were 7,724 households out of which 24.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.9% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city, the age distribution of the population shows:

  • 16.1% under the age of 18
  • 35.8% from 18 to 24
  • 26.3% from 25 to 44
  • 14.0% from 45 to 64
  • 7.8% 65 years of age or older

The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females, there were 109.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,884, and the median income for a family was $46,331. Males had a median income of $35,494 versus $24,560 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,930. About 9.5% of families and 22.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

McConnell Mansion (1886)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places; open for tours by the Latah County Historical Society.

Moscow has a Council-Mayor form of government consisting of six Council members (at large) and a Mayor. These positions are elected separately and serve four year terms. Council member elections are held in odd-numbered years in November, with terms staggered so that three of the six seats are open at each election. Mayoral elections are held the November after a US Presidential election (e.g., most recently in 2017).

The Council elects a President and Vice-President from among its members at its first meeting in January each year. These two officers may stand in for the mayor as necessary. Council is the legislative and judicial arm of Moscow's City government; enacting ordinances and resolutions. This body confirms the Mayor's appointments of City officials and citizen advisory commission members. Council approves the City's annual budget and serves as the convening body for public hearings and appeals of other City Boards and Commissions. Meetings are generally scheduled for the first and third Monday of each month, beginning at 7:00 p.m.[76]

Moscow tends to be less politically conservative than the rest of the state. In the 2004 Presidential Election, John Kerry out-polled George W. Bush in Moscow 54%-46%. Latah County was 49.5%-48.0% for the Bush/Cheney ticket; the entire state of Idaho went 68%-30% for George W. Bush. In the 2008 Presidential Election, Democrat Barack Obama won Moscow and Latah County 52%-45% while losing statewide 61%-36%. In 2000 Latah county went to Republican George W. Bush 53% to Democrat Al Gore's 36% and Independent Ralph Nader's 6%, The state of Idaho went to Bush 67%, to Gore 27%, with Nader at 2%.


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Moscow has a dry-summer continental climate (Köppen Dsb).

Sister cities

Moscow has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

Notable people


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1987 Idaho Vandals football team

The 1987 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1987 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by second-year head coach Keith Gilbertson, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

The Vandals won their second conference title in three seasons, and made the I-AA playoffs for the third consecutive season. Led by redshirt sophomore quarterback John Friesz, Idaho finished the regular season at 9–2 and 7–1 in the Big Sky.

1989 Idaho Vandals football team

The 1989 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1989 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by first-year head coach John L. Smith, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

The Vandals won their third consecutive conference title (fourth in five years), and made the I-AA playoffs for the fifth consecutive season, under a third head coach. Led by senior All-American quarterback John Friesz, Idaho finished the regular season at 9–2 and 8–0 in the Big Sky.

1991 Idaho Vandals football team

The 1991 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1991 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by third-year head coach John L. Smith, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

The Vandals missed the I-AA playoffs for the first time since 1984. Led by sophomore quarterback Doug Nussmeier, Idaho finished the regular season at 6–5 and 4–4 in the Big Sky. The Vandals defeated rival Boise State for the tenth consecutive season.

1992 Idaho Vandals football team

The 1992 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1992 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The Vandals, led by fourth-year head coach John L. Smith, were members of the Big Sky Conference and played their home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow, Idaho.

Andrea Lloyd-Curry

Andrea Lane Lloyd (born September 2, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player, a 2007 inductee into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, and previous television analyst for the Minnesota Lynx. Currently she is working as a television analyst for the MTN sports network with the Mountain West Conference.

Arthur E. Humphrey

Arthur Earl Humphrey (born November 9, 1927) is an American chemical engineer. He received the John Fritz Medal in 1997. He was President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers from 1990 to 1991. He is also a former provost and vice president of Lehigh University, serving from 1980 to 1987. Humphrey was born in Moscow, Idaho and attended the University of Idaho, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University (PhD 1953 in Chemical Engineering). He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Lehigh University.

Battle of the Palouse

The Battle of the Palouse refers to an athletic rivalry in the northwest United States, between the Vandals of the University of Idaho and Cougars of Washington State University.

The two land-grant universities are less than eight miles (13 km) apart on the rural Palouse in the Inland Northwest; Idaho's campus in Moscow is nearly on the Idaho–Washington border, and Washington State's campus is directly west in Pullman, linked by Washington State Route 270 and the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail. The two schools' most prominent rivalry was in football, but in later years it has shifted to men's basketball.

Brad Byers

Brad Byers (born October 8, 1959) is an American entertainer known for his extreme performances, including sword swallowing, lying on beds of nails and inserting various tools into his nasal cavity. For the latter he is also referred to as a “Human toolbox”. He holds several World Records. His brother Rod assists him in some performances.

Doug Riesenberg

Douglas John Riesenberg (born July 22, 1965) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and started in Super Bowl XXV.

Born in Carroll, Iowa, he moved to Moscow, Idaho before his freshman year of high school. At Moscow High School, he was an all-state football player on both offense and defense, an all-state basketball player, and a three-time state champion in the discus.

His father, Louis, a professor at the University of Idaho since 1979, was the chairman of the agricultural education department.After being heavily recruited by colleges from coast to coast, Riesenberg attended the University of California, Berkeley, to study electrical engineering and computer science. He played defense and moved to offense for his senior season in 1986 for the Golden Bears. He was selected in the sixth round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.

Riesenberg later attended Oregon State University to complete his engineering and education studies in 2005. He coached offensive line at Redwood High School (Larkspur) (helping the Giants to win MCAL titles in 1998 and 2000, also serving as the offensive coordinator for the latter) for four years at Corvallis High School, and two years at Philomath High School. Riesenberg is now a math teacher and offensive line coach at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis.

Idaho–Idaho State football rivalry

The Idaho–Idaho State rivalry, recently branded as the Battle of the Domes, is the intrastate college football game between the University of Idaho in Moscow and Idaho State University in Pocatello.

The rivalry was at its most competitive in the 1970s and 1980s, with neither team three-peating; the most recent conference game was in 1995 in Pocatello, ISU's last win. Idaho has won eleven of the last thirteen and leads the overall series at 28–12 (.700). The last meeting between the two schools was played at Holt Arena in Pocatello on October 6, 2018; Idaho State defeated Idaho by a final score of 62–28.A notable game of the series was not even played. In the conference finale for both teams in 1978, a night game was scheduled for Moscow on November 11, and ISU planned to fly up to the Palouse that afternoon in two vintage airplanes. One developed engine trouble shortly after takeoff from Pocatello and returned. Both teams were at the bottom of the Big Sky standings and the game was not rescheduled; Idaho was granted a 1–0 forfeit win.

Jackson Gillis

Jackson Clark Gillis (August 21, 1916 – August 19, 2010) was an American radio and television scriptwriter whose career spanned more than 40 years and encompassed a wide range of genres.Gillis was born in Kalama, Washington to a highway engineer and a piano teacher. His family moved to California when he was a teenager. He attended California State University, Fresno, but transferred to Stanford University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in English in 1938. He worked in England after graduating from college. After returning to the United States, he performed with the Barter Theatre in Virginia, together with Gregory Peck. George Bernard Shaw attended a performance of one of his plays, in which Gillis acted. Gillis received a note from Shaw that critiqued his exit, a postcard Gillis retained for decades. He enlisted in the United States Army and worked as an intelligence officer during World War II in the Pacific Theater.After completing his military service, Gillis moved to Los Angeles and took a job writing for radio shows, including the dramas The Whistler and Let George Do It. He moved into television scriptwriting and earned his first credit — for an episode of Racket Squad, a series that starred Reed Hadley — in 1952. He wrote for The Adventures of Superman from 1953 to 1957 and also spent several years writing for Perry Mason and Lassie. His scriptwriting was prolific and varied, and over the years, he worked on shows such as Lost in Space, Hawaii Five-O, and Knight Rider. He wrote for the series Columbo, starring Peter Falk, from 1971 to 1992. He also wrote a pair of detective novels, The Killers of Starfish and Chainsaw.After retiring from Hollywood in the 1990s, Gillis and his wife moved to Moscow, Idaho, to be near their daughter. Gillis was married to the former Patricia Cassidy, a fellow actor whom he met during his brief acting career at the Barter Theatre, until her death in 2003. He died at age 93 on August 19, 2010, of pneumonia in Moscow, Idaho. His daughter recalled that her father watched little on television other than football, as "he thought most of what was on TV was junk".

Joel Courtney

Joel Courtney (born January 31, 1996) is an American actor, best known for his role of Joseph "Joe" Lamb in the 2011 Steven Spielberg/J. J. Abrams film Super 8, for which he received critical acclaim and a Saturn Award. He also played the lead role of Peter Moore on The CW's series The Messengers.

John Merton Aldrich

John Merton Aldrich (January 28, 1866 – May 27, 1934) was an American zoologist and entomologist. Aldrich was the Associate Curator of Insects at the United States National Museum. He is considered one of the most prolific entomologists in the study of flies.


KHTR is a commercial HD radio station in Pullman, Washington, broadcasting to the Pullman, Washington-Moscow, Idaho area on 104.3 FM.

KHTR is the first commercial station in the Pullman, Washington-Moscow, Idaho area with a licensed and operational HD Radio transmitter, simulcasting sister station KQQQ on their HD2 channel. They broadcast a format similar to the KQQQ News/Talk format on their HD3 channel, which is modified for the Lewiston, ID and Clarkston, WA listening areas, and also carried on an FM translator covering the same listening areas.

KHTR FM and HD1 airs a country music format branded as "New Country 104-3".

There was a station in St. Louis in the 1980s that also used the KHTR calls that currently uses KLOU.


KUOI-FM (89.3 FM) is a freeform, college radio station in the western United States at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. It broadcasts in Moscow, the neighboring city Pullman, Washington, and in other townships on the Palouse. KUOI is headquartered in the third floor of the Student Union Building at Sixth and Deakin streets, on the northeast edge of campus.

The station began operating 73 years ago in 1945, and began FM programming 23 years later in 1968, officially starting on Sunday, November 17.Starting on the AM dial in 1945 at 655 kHz with a two-watt transmitter, it moved to 660 in 1947 at five watts; with the move to FM, it went to ten watts in 1968 at 89.3 MHz. It boosted up to fifty watts and stereo in 1977, and to 400 watts in January 1995.

Latah County, Idaho

Latah County ( LAY-tə) is a county located in the north central region of the U.S. state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,244. The county seat and largest city is Moscow, the home of the University of Idaho, the state's flagship and land-grant university.

The county was created in 1888 and named for Latah Creek in its northwest corner. The name in the Nez Perce language means "the place of pine trees and pestle." The tribe found shade under the white pine trees for doing their work and stones suitable for use in pulverizing camas roots to process as one of their food staples.Latah County comprises the Moscow, ID Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Pullman-Moscow, WA-ID Combined Statistical Area.

The county comprises the majority of the eastern portion of the Palouse, famous for its rolling hills and rich agriculture. Latah County is the only county in the U.S. established by an act of Congress; it was originally part of Nez Perce County, which was reluctant to lose its most populated area.

Memorial Gymnasium (University of Idaho)

War Memorial Gymnasium is a 2,500-seat multi-purpose indoor arena in the northwest United States, on the campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Opened 91 years ago in November 1928, the venue honors state residents who gave their lives in the service of their country in World War I.The architectural style is Tudor-Gothic and is heavily buttressed; the chief architect was David C. Lange, the head of the university's architecture department. The west end addition was built from 1951–52, and the building was renovated in 1954. Ivy partially covers the brick and concrete exterior, which is decorated with crouching football player gargoyles and stained glass windows. The elevation at street level is approximately 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level.

Its predecessor was the original gymnasium (and armory), located directly east; constructed in 1904; it has been reconfigured and continues on campus as the "Art and Architecture South" building. During its time as the varsity basketball venue, it was also a library, with bookshelves along the walls. After the Memorial Gym opened, it became the women's gym.

Memorial Gymnasium was the primary home of Vandal basketball until January 1976, replaced by the newly-enclosed Kibbie Dome; the Dome's basketball configuration was renamed "Cowan Spectrum" in early 2001. Future hall of famer Gus Johnson played for the Vandals during the 1962–63 season, and the "Mem Gym" was frequently sold out, with the attendance estimated at 3,800. During the 1940s and early 1950s, Idaho had a nationally prominent boxing team; over five thousand attended a dual meet against Palouse neighbor Washington State in 1950. It was dropped by the university as an intercollegiate sport in 1954, and discontinued by the NCAA after 1960.

The Memorial Gym is the current home court of Vandal women's volleyball, with a portable Taraflex court since 1999. It occasionally hosts early season basketball games on the hardwood, depending upon the late season football schedule, and the facility is used extensively for physical education classes, intramurals, and open recreation. Commencement ceremonies for the university were traditionally held in the gym from 1929, through 1975. The Kibbie Dome has hosted the primary ceremony for all graduates since 1976, and the Mem Gym is one of several campus venues used for the subsequent individual college ceremonies for the awarding of diplomas.

The 2020–21 school year is expected to be the last for Mem Gym as a varsity athletics venue. The university is preparing to build Idaho Central Credit Union Arena, a 4,200-seat facility that will become the new home of Vandals basketball (men's and women's) and volleyball, and is expected to open in time for the 2021–22 school year.At just 49 years of age, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The narrow swimming pool in the basement of the Mem Gym was retired in 1970, when the new swim center opened. The Kibbie Dome lacked locker rooms for its first seven years, so the Vandals and visiting teams continued to dress in the Memorial Gym. The completion of the East End Addition in the fall of 1982 ended the long trek, frequently in rain or snow during basketball season.

Moscow-Pullman Daily News

The Moscow-Pullman Daily News is a daily newspaper in the northwestern United States, serving the Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Washington, metropolitan area. The two cities on the Palouse are the homes of the two states' land grant universities, the University of Idaho and Washington State University.

The newspaper has been published continuously in Moscow for 108 years, since September 28, 1911. It began as the Daily Star-Mirror, which started as the Moscow Mirror in 1882 and the North Idaho Star in 1887, with a merger in 1905. A final intracity competitor was gained with the arrival of Frank B. Robinson's Moscow News Review, which began in 1933 and went to daily publication in September 1935. The two papers merged in November 1939 and ran briefly under a lengthy combined name, then became the Daily Idahonian.

The Palouse Empire News for Whitman County was added in 1984 and later became the Daily News. Later in the 1980s, the paper was acquired by Kerns-Tribune of Salt Lake City, Utah. The Idahonian and the Daily News were merged in late 1991, and became the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Kerns-Tribune was acquired by TCI in 1997; all the company's papers, except The Salt Lake Tribune, were acquired by Butch Alford the next year.

Neale Stadium

Neale Stadium was an outdoor athletic stadium in the northwest United States, located on the campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. Opened 82 years ago in 1937 for college football (and track), it was used for over three decades, through the 1968 football season. Its replacement, the Kibbie Dome, currently occupies the same site on the west end of campus.

Climate data for Moscow, Idaho
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 58
Average high °F (°C) 37.0
Average low °F (°C) 25.1
Record low °F (°C) −30
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.13
Average snowfall inches (cm) 15.1
Average precipitation days 14.7 13.1 14.3 11.6 11.0 8.9 5.7 4.9 6.5 8.9 16.4 14.4 130.4
Average snowy days 7.4 4.9 2.9 .7 .1 0 0 0 0 .3 3.9 7.4 27.6
Source #1: NOAA[77][78]
Source #2: The Weather Channel (records)[79]
Municipalities and communities of Latah County, Idaho, United States

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