Bowring Ranch State Historical Park

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Bowring Ranch State Historical Park


(308) 684-3428

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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. 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 such as pioneer cooking, vegetable and herb gardening, rug making and other ranch crafts.

Map of Bowring Ranch (NE)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.958190, -101.672235



  • Historic Sites

    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.

  • Picnicking

    After touring the historic ranch, enjoy a picnic on the grounds. Ten picnic tables are available for park visitors' use.


The Bowring Ranch Visitor Center Office & Ranch House is open from late May through early September.



Arthur Bowring Sandhills Ranch,S.H.P. - located North of Hwy 20 - 1 1/2 miles North on Hwy 61 - (Large park sign on the East side of Hwy) turn Right(East) 1 1/2 miles of gravel to Park Grounds.

Phone Numbers


(308) 684-3428