Murphy, Idaho

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Murphy, Idaho
Census-designated place
Murphy, Idaho is located in Idaho
Murphy, Idaho
Location within the state of Idaho
Coordinates: 43°13′06″N 116°33′08″W / 43.21833°N 116.55222°W / 43.21833; -116.55222Coordinates: 43°13′06″N 116°33′08″W / 43.21833°N 116.55222°W / 43.21833; -116.55222
Country United States
State Idaho
County Owyhee
Area
 • Total 3.839 sq mi (9.94 km2)
 • Land 3.839 sq mi (9.94 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,820 ft (860 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 97
 • Density 25.27/sq mi (9.76/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 83650
Area code(s) 208

Murphy is an unincorporated census-designated place in Owyhee County, Idaho, United States. It is the county seat of Owyhee County,[1] It is one of the smallest county seats in the country. As of the 2010 census, its population was 97.[2][3]

History[change | change source]

Murphy was formed around a railhead (end of the rail line) of the "Boise, Nampa and Owyhee Railroad" built in 1899. The town became the county seat in 1934. The railroad operated until 1947.

The town was named after Cornelius "Con" Murphy, a crew boss with the railroad.

View looking northwest from Murphy airport towards Route 78

Geography[change | change source]

Murphy is located at 43°13′06″N 116°33′08″W / 43.21833°N 116.55222°W / 43.21833; -116.55222,[4] at an elevation of 2,820 feet (860 m) above sea level; it is 25 miles (40 km) south of Nampa.

Airstrip[change | change source]

Murphy's airstrip is located northeast of the town. It does not have a control tower. Its paved runway is 2,500 feet (760 m) long.[5]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1900 80
1910 102 27.5%
1920 150 47.1%
1930 75 −50.0%
1950 50
1960 50 0.0%
1970 100 100.0%
1980 150 50.0%
1990 150 0.0%
2010 97
source:[6][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  2. "American FactFinder". U.S. Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/main.html. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Spokesman-Review - 2010 census - Murphy, Idaho - accessed 2011-12-12
  4. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. AirNav.com - airport information - Murphy, Idaho - accessed 2011-12-12
  6. Moffatt, Riley. Population History of Western U.S. Cities & Towns, 1850-1990. Lanham: Scarecrow, 1996, 96.

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