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Description - This information was provided by NEBRASKA GAME AND PARKS COMMISSION

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. Attractions

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.

Attractions - Water: Yes Modern Restroom: Yes Picnicking: Yes Picnic Tables: 5 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. 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.

Recreation - 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.

Climate - Nebraska has a moderate climate with high humidity. The relative humidity in this state averages 70 percent throughout the year. Winter temperatures normally average between 20 and 45 degrees F. March brings warmer weather and temperatures above freezing for most of the month. Spring is in full swing by late April when temperatures often reach above 60 degrees F. Summer temperatures reach highs of 95 degrees F frequently, with warm weather continuing into mid September. Crisp fall weather truly begins in October when nighttime temperatures begin to dip into the low 40s. The wettest time of the year in this state is late spring through summer.

Location - 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.


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Contact Information:
Bowring Ranch State Historical Park, PO Box 38 , Merriman, NEBRASKA, 69218-0038, Phone: (308) 684-3428
, Bowring@ngpc.ne.gov

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