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Moscow, Idaho — July 30-31, 2004

An event loosely organized by: HMarc and Warchild

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Local History

The Idaho panhandle was first occupied by humans at least 14,000 or more years ago. The native tribes at the time of white settlement were the Coeur d'Alene and Spokane to the north, and the Palouse and Nez Perce to the south.

In 1805 the Lewis and Clark expedition "discovered" Idaho at Lemhi Pass, and descended the Lolo Trail, returning eastward the following year. The first white settlers made their homes in the Moscow area in 1869, when it was called "Paradise Valley". The name was changed to Moscow (pronounced MOSS-co) in 1875 with the opening of a Post Office. Some say it was named after the city in Russia. More likely it was named after Moscow, PA (founded in the 1830's), the home town of Samuel Neff, who opened the Post Office.

Idaho was the western part of the Louisiana Territory which was purchased by the United States from France in 1803 for $15,000,000. President Abraham Lincoln signed the act which established the Idaho Territory in 1863. Idaho became the 43rd state on July 3rd, 1890.

Originally a logging town, the predominant industry is now farm crops (wheat, barley, dry peas and lentils).

Interesting places to see nearby include:

The McConnell Mansion

Steptoe Butte

The Appaloosa Museum

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