Mapping Main Street 3 rd Street to 4 th Street Stephanie Hale-Lopez Samantha Ricketts
Main Street Hotel Moscow McCarter Block Dernham & Kaufmann
313 South Main Street Hotel Moscow, 1891 The building was constructed by R.H. Barton, who came to Moscow in 1877 and set up the area’s first sawmill. In 1890 a large fire destroyed the building. Two years later it reopened as the Hotel Moscow. The building is still standing as originally reconstructed and is still home to Hotel Moscow, Moscow Hotel Apartments and The Garden Lounge.
310 to 318 South Main Street McCarter Block, 1891 The building was once occupied by Farmers Bank, of which L.B. McCarter was a director. Since it’s construction in 1891, this building has housed the Post office, Grice & Sons Furniture & Undertakers, The Farmers Bank, and was the City Hall until 1969.
302 South Main Street Dernham & Kaufmann Building, 1889 William Kaufmann and Henry Dernham were two leading business men in Moscow. They built the large structure once occupied by Davids’ Inc. After leaving Moscow in 1897 started the Emporium at San Francisco, which developed into the largest independent store on the West Coast during the early 1900’s. After Davids’ Department Store closed, the building housed a variety of shops and offices. Today the building is home to Champions Sports Bar & Grill.
A Quick Look at Main Street… The first permanent settlers arrived in Moscow in 1870’s. The post office name changed to Moscow in 1876. Idaho became a state in 1890.
By 1942 sugar and coffee were added to the list of rationed goods due to the War. In 1942 the University of Idaho adopted a 12-month school year so male students could earn their bachelor’s degree before the draft age of 21.
Henry Dernham and William Kaufmann built this for the department store they had founded in 1881. After they left Moscow in the late 1890’s, the building was purchased by Frank David and Wellington Ely.