Ever wonder what ranch life was like during the settlement
of the Sandhills in the late 1800's? A visit to the Arthur
Bowring Sandhills State Historical Park will let you see
first-hand how ranch life has changed from the Homestead
and Kinkaid Act era to present day ranching. Located just
north of Merriman, Nebraska, which is 60 miles west of
Valentine on Highway 20, the Bowring Ranch is Nebraska's
only living history ranch. Upon donating the ranch to the
Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, Arthur's wife, Eve,
stipulated that her home and collections, part of her
Hereford cattle bloodline, and the ranch grounds be kept intact as a living history museum to show future generations what a working Sandhills
ranch is all about.
To learn more about the history of ranching in this area, as
well as the fascinating lives of Arthur and Eve Bowring, visit
the Eve Bowring Visitor Center located on the park grounds.
On display are many personal items and collections of the
Bowring's, as well as tools and equipment used throughout
the years on this historical ranch. Through the many
displays and exhibits, and a film shown at the center,
visitors come away with a true sense of ranch life in the
Sandhills, as well as a knowledge of the history of ranching
and the Wild West that brought this area to what it is today.
Address: Located 1 1/2 miles north and 2 miles east of Merriman
Come visit us in Valentine, Nebraska