Owyhee County

US States / H-L / Idaho / Owyhee County
099O12

Owyhee County is named for the Hawaiian fur trappers who explored the area in 1819 and 1820.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Canyon CountyAda County and Elmore County

E – Twin Falls County

S – Elko County, Nevada

W – Malheur County, Oregon

 

Created:  December 31, 1863                                                    Map of Idaho highlighting Owyhee County

County Seat: 

Ruby City    1863 – 1867

Silver City    1867 – 1934

Murphy        1934 – present

 

County Courthouse – Murphy

 

Location:  20381 State Highway 78 / Idaho Street

Built:  1935 – 1936

Style:  Moderne / Art Deco

Architect: Tourtellotte & Hummel of Boise

Contractor:  Jepson and Lowe

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a one story red-orange colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Murphy. The northeast front has a central entrance flanked by concrete trim. The roof line is flat. In the interior is the courtroom. The building houses the County District Court and County Magistrate Court of the 3rd Judicial District.

 

See:  The architect, Tourtellotte & Hummel of Boise also designed courthouses in Gem County and Washington County.

 

Note:  The County District Court and County Magistrate Court also sit in Homedale at the City Hall at 31 West Wyoming Street.

 

County Criminal Justice Center – Murphy

 

105o12

 

Location:  20381 State Hghway 78 / Hailey Street

Built:  1991 – 1992

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Lombard-Conrad Architects of Boise

Contractor:  The Russell Company and Wensel Construction Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a one story red-orange colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Murphy along the east side of the courthouse. The northeast front has a central entrance flanked by concrete trim. The building adjoins the courthouse on the west side. The roof line is flat. 

 

See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Adams CountyCanyon CountyGem CountyPayette County and Washington County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1863 and Ruby City was selected as the county seat. In 1867 the county seat was moved to Silver City. The first courthouse was a two story wood frame structure built in 1866 to 1867. In 1934 the county seat was moved to Murphy. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1935 to 1936. The County Criminal Justice Center was constructed in 1991 to 1992.

 

 

102o12

County Courthouse - Murphy 

 

 

096o12

 

 

100o12

 

 

0284c15

 

 

0285c15

 

 

104o12

 

 

106o12

Photos taken 2012 and 2015