Underwriting provided by:
The Laura Moore Cunningham
Foundation

Joyce Ranch


This 150 year-old ranch is said to be the oldest family-owned ranch in Idaho. Matthew Joyce, an Irish immigrant, brought his small family to a valley south of Murphy to homestead. He soon realized there was money to be made by raising cattle to feed the miners at Silver City, just over the mountain.

Over the years family members bought up other homesteads in the area to increase the land holdings. Silver City is just a ghost town today, but the family ranch lives on. Taking the Nettleton name through marriage a few generations ago, the family now owns 11,000 acres at the end of road on the remote Owyhee Front of Southern Idaho.