Marsing, Owyhee County, Idaho Genealogy

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Quick History

Former name:

The area around present-day Marsing was originally known as the Henderson Flats[1]. The area west of Marsing was also known as Claytonia.

Geographic location:

Marsing is a city in the northwestern corner of Owyhee County, Idaho.

City Hall

Marsing City Hall
425 S. Main St.
Marsing, ID 83639
Phone 208-896-4122




Marsing has no cemetery within its city boundaries. Early settlers were often buried in the cemeteries in Caldwell or Nampa, in Canyon County. A new cemetery was established in the 1960s, located about half-way between Homedale and Marsing, called the Marsing-Homedale Cemetery. Many of the former residents of the Marsing area are now buried there.

Church History and Records


Lizard Butte Baptist Church‎
117 8th Avenue West
Marsing, ID 83639-5303

(208) 896-4469

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints‎
Marsing 1st and 2nd Wards 
215 3rd Avenue West
Marsing, ID 83639

(208) 896-4333


Many of the original records of church units are in the Church History Library in Salt Lake City. Many of the membership records covering these units from the date of their creation to about 1948 have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City or at itsFamily History Centers.  The records of the Marsing Ward(1946-1948) are in this collections.


Nazarene Church‎
112 2nd Avenue West
Marsing, ID 83639

(208) 896-4184


The Idaho State Archives has a collection of city, county, state and regional directories.


In about 1887, the Froman Ferry was established to cross the Snake River about two miles downstream from the location of the present-day Marsing bridge. Another ferry, upstream from that bridge, was also established and originally call the Henderson Ferry (later referred to as the Nampa Ferry).

A Bedford Cabin school, located between the Froman and Henderson Ferries, existed in the early years of the settlement. A later school was called the Eidson School, which also no longer exists.

The Gem Irrigation District began delivering irrigation water from the Snake River to the area in 1909.

A site near the Nampa Ferry was selected for the construction of a bridge across the Snake River and a town site was platted on the south side of the river in 1920. That town was named Marsing, for an early settler with that surname.

A post office was opened in Marsing in 1921 and the Oregon Short Line Railroad extended its branch from Homedale to Marsing in 1922.[2]


Google Map of Marsing, Idaho


The Idaho State Archives has copies of the following newspapers, published in Marsing.

Marsing Chronicle -- 5 Feb. 1942 through 7 Aug. 1952
Owyhee Nugget -- 30 May 1940 through 31 Dec 1984
Owyhee Enterprise -- 6 Nov. 1987 through 12 May 1989

School Records and Yearbooks

Marsing has three schools -- an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school[3].

Web Sites

Wikipedia page for Marsing.


  1. Idaho's Owyhee: Snake River Country - An Auto Tour. Souvenir Edition. [n.p., c1987]
  2. Idaho's Owyhee: Snake River Country - An Auto Tour. Souvenir Edition. [n.p., c1987]
  3. Idaho's Owyhee: Snake River Country - An Auto Tour. Souvenir Edition. [n.p., c1987]