PULLMAN, Wash. — A new book rates Pullman and neighboring Moscow,
Idaho, among 64 of the nation’s best “college towns” in which to retire.
Washington State University has its main campus in Pullman, a city of 25,000.
Eight miles away in Moscow, population 20,000, is the University of Idaho.
The book, “Choose a College Town for Retirement,” by Joseph Lubow, was
published this summer by Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn.
“This is a wonderful testament to the vitality of this area. It is not only
supportive of younger people earning their college education, but it offers
much for older individuals, who add to our social, cultural and economic
strength,” said Mitch Chandler, Pullman mayor.
Samuel Smith, Washington State University president, said the book
recognizes that “our area offers a lifestyle suited for all ages. The universities
make contributions to the enjoyment of life.”
Lubow, a freelance writer and editor, lives in Santa Cruz, Calif. He visited
Pullman and Moscow for several days in the summer of 1998, said Michelle
Poesy, tourism director of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce.
“The book brings more attention to an area deserving of the limelight,” Poesy
said. Being among the 64 top college towns “highlights WSU’s education,
research and public service quality. In an indirect way, it also recognizes the
growth of Schwitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman, the popularity of the
Bill Chipman recreation trail linking Pullman and Moscow, and the national
attention brought each summer to Pullman by the National Lentil Festival.”
The book says Pullman and Moscow have “created a vibrant, 8-mile corridor
connecting the lives of their communities.” It compliments the two cities’
cultural and arts facilities, including Pullman’s Neill Public Library, WSU’s
Museum of Art, the UI’s Prichard Gallery and the Appaloosa Horse Club
Museum in Moscow.
Also mentioned in the book are the UI Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, theater
groups in both cities and at both universities, the Washington-Idaho
Symphony Orchestra, Festival Dance and Performing Arts, and WSU’s Beasley
Performing Arts Coliseum.
Other communities in the book include Bellingham and Ellensburg in
Washington and Ashland, Corvallis, Eugene and La Grande in Oregon.