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Bowring Ranch State Historical Park


Park Snapshot


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 Bowrings.


Learn about Nebraska's first woman Senator, Eve Bowring. See the living ranch history including the replicated Sod House-vegetable and herb gardening, and other activities. There are various types of fine china, crystal, silver, and antique furniture in the Ranch Home. The Visitor Center contains history of the Nebraska Sandhills and the Bowrings political lives. The annual event of the Bowring Ranch is Sod House Sunday, held the last Sunday in June.See the living history activities at the Sod House pioneer cooking, vegetable and herb gardening, rug making and other ranch crafts. Scheduled tours by request.

Facility Details

Camping: No

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: No
Showers: No
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: No

Hiking: 0 miles
Mtn. Bike: 0 miles
Horse: 0 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: No

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 5
Grills: 0
Shelters: 0
Shelters w/ elec.: 0

Boating: No

Types: None
Ramps: 0
Docks: 0
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: No

Fishing: No

Cleaning Stations: 0

Swimming: No

Pools: 0
Beaches: 0

Concessions: No

Visitor Center: Yes

Bowring Ranch Visitor Center
May 28 - Sept 5: 9 am - 4 pm, M, T, TH, F, Sa, 12-4 Su, Closed Wednesdays.
Working Sandhills Ranch. The ranch house, outbuildings and 7,400 square-foot Eve Bowring Visitor Center contain displays devoted to the extraordinary lives and careers of Arthur and Eve Bowring, the history and geology of the Sandhills and the Nebraska cattle ranching business.

An admission fee of $2 per adult and $1 for chiuldren under 13 (under 3 is free).

Office on Site: Yes

Bowring Ranch Visitor Center Office & Ranch House
May 28 - Sept 5: 9 am - 4 pm, M, T, TH, F, Sa, 12-4 Su, Closed Wednesdays.

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