I almost gave up on towns named Moscow, but then I got intrigued and decided to write about them. There are supposedly 26 of them in the United States. All but one claim not to be named after the Moscow in Russia near which Vladimir Putin is said to live in a billion dollar house. Only one Moscow, the one in Idaho, has a respectably large population. Most of the Moscows are unincorporated, but a quick survey indicates that about 3,000 or more Americans live in a town named Moscow somewhere. The Moscow in Vermont is said to be a suburb of Stowe, a noted ski resort. One man claims to have visited all of the towns named Moscow.
The Moscows that seem to have a population of more than 500 are in Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and the state we are about to visit, Pennsylvania. Moscow is an actual town near Scranton. There is a Moscow Mills in my home state of Missouri. It’s a town of more than 2,500 people on the Cuivre River near Troy. It is said to have changed its name to avoid there being 2 towns named Moscow in the state of Missouri. Like many towns in this state, it has a historic water mill. By the way, locals call it the Quiver River.
The Moscow in Idaho is a town of more than 25,000 people. It is near the Snake River and the town of Pullman, Washington, and has a number of tourist attractions because it’s a university town. The University of Idaho maintains an arboretum and botanic garden. Visitors like to see the Appaloosa Museum, the McConnell Mansion, its very popular repertory theater, and Moscow’s many outdoor attractions.