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The geology in and around Moscow represents varied formations: very old intrusive granite structures of the Jurassic−Eocene 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.There is a variety of flora and fauna within the vicinity of Moscow.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.
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.An amphibian, the Rough-skinned Newt, has a disjunctive population at Moscow; this species is found typically along the Pacific coast of the USA.Miners and farmers began arriving in the northern Idaho area after the Civil War.The business district was established by 1875 and the town was a center of commerce for the region. Arney, the Northern Pacific's Western Immigration and Indian Agent in Spokane, Washington.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. 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. Moscow's agent replied May 15, 1922, as follows: He advises there is very little history in connection with the name.
Copy of a letter from Northern Pacific Railway agent in Moscow, likely R. 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.