Owyhee County

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

 

Created:  December 31, 1863

County Seat: 

Ruby City    1863 – 1867

Silver City   1867 – 1934

Murphy       1934 – present

 

County Courthouse – Murphy

 

Location:  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. The northeast front of the building has a central entrance flanked by concrete trim.. The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was built in Silver City.

 

County Criminal Justice Center – Murphy

 

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Location:  Highway 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 northeast front of the building has a central entrance flanked by concrete trim.. The roof line is flat. The building adjoins the courthouse on the west side.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Canyon County, Ada County and Elmore County

E – Twin Falls County

S – Elko County, Nevada

W – Malheur County, Oregon

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2015