Bowring Ranch State Historical Park

  • Picnicking

Bowring Ranch near Merriman is a Hereford demonstration ranch, donated by former U.S. Senator Eve Bowring in memory of her husband. The ranch house displays fine antique china, crystal and silver, as well as memorabilia from their active public service careers. The Visitor Center interprets ranching, homesteading, geology, wildlife and many other areas related to the Sandhills and the Bowring family.

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Ranch Home

The ranch house contains artifacts that speak to the history of the Nebraska Sandhills, as well as to the Bowrings’ political lives. Eve Bowring’s collections of antique china, crystal and silver are displayed, as are memorabilia from local sandhills businesses and the couple’s political careers. Eve Bowring had the house remodeled in preparation from a visit from President Eisenhower; however, the president had to cancel his visit.

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center contain displays devoted to the extraordinary lives and careers of Arthur and Eve Bowring, as well as the history and geology of the Sandhills and the Nebraska cattle ranching business. The Center is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The center is closed Wednesday. Admission is $2 per adult and $1 for children under the age of 3. Admission is free for children under 3.

Sod House

A replica sod house illustrates how early many early settlers to the sandhills lived. This way of life is celebrated the last Sunday in June each year during Sod House Sunday. The annual event, the park’s largest of the year, features living history activities at the sod house including pioneer cooking, vegetable and herb gardening, rug making and other ranch crafts.


Five picnic tables provide guests a place to enjoy a picnic lunch or to just relax and enjoy the beautiful sandhills scenery.


Tours of the home, visitor center, sod house, outbuildings and cattle operation are available upon request. Call the park for details.

Contact Information

Address: Bowring Ranch State Historical Park | Hwy 61 | Merriman, Neb. 69218-0038
1 1/2 miles north and 2 miles east of Merriman on E. Hwy. 61.
Phone: (308) 684-3428

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