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Murphy is an unincorporated village in, and county seat of, Owyhee County, Idaho, United States. It is among the smallest of county seats nationwide, with a population as of the 2010 census of 97. Murphy is part of the Boise City - Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area. Murphy is also located within the census-designated place bearing its name.HistoryMurphy developed around a railhead of the Boise, Nampa and Owyhee Railroad built in 1899. The state legislature selected the town as county seat in 1934, succeeding Silver City (which was located in the Owyhee Mountains and had been in decline; it is now defunct). The railroad operated until 1947. Murphy is the home of the Owyhee County Historical Museum and Library.The community was named after Cornelius "Con" Murphy, a crew boss with the Boise, Nampa and Owyhee Railroad.GeographyMurphy is located at, at an elevation of 2820ft above sea level; it is 25mi south of Nampa.AirstripMurphy's airstrip is situated immediately northeast of the community, without a control tower. Its 2500ft asphalt runway is oriented NW-SE (12/30), parallel with State Highway 78. The elevation drops 60ft in the northwest (30) direction, from 2,855 to 2,795 feet.Murphy is in Idaho (ID). Use our United States trip planning app to arrange your visit to Murphy and any other destinations in United States that take your fancy.
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