Welcome to Merna, Nebraska!

There is a Trotter's Whoa and Go convenience store located right on Nebraska Highway 2. Hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. You may reach Trotter's by calling (308)642-2754.
First post office in Merna

Some history of early Merna, Nebraska

Merna was originally called Muddy Flats by Samuel Dunning who arrived in 1876 and built a log cabin which housed the first post office in Merna. The post office has been relocated to the Victoria Springs recreational area north of Merna. Mr. Dunning moved on to an area west of Merna now named after him, Dunning, Nebraska. The second postmaster William Brotherton named the town "Merna" after Merna Dunning, Samuel Dunning's 7 year old daughter. When learning that the railroad would be located two miles west of the current town location, the town packed up and moved closer to the proposed location. The railroad actually built near the original location of the town of Merna and so the town packed up and moved back to its original location. The "Merna Record" was published by Emerson Purcell. Merna incorporated in 1890. In 1908 the town water system began operating. In 1916 the Brenizer Library was given to the town by a former resident, Dr. James Brenizer. Before the train depot closed in May of 1959 there were two passenger trains traveling in each direction twice a day.Courtesy of http://unl.edu/history/counties/Custer/Merna

National Register of Historic Places

The lovely Kellenbarger House in Merna, Nebraska. Built in 1906 in the Queen Anne style and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is currently owned by Dee Adams who purchased the home in 1993.


Are you looking for an Off the Beaten Path Adventure? Take Highway 92 westerly from Merna and Nebraska Highway 2 to Arnold, Nebraska, a vibrant little town with beautiful views and vistas. There is an excellent 10 acre campground on the South side of Arnold with a small lake, many trees and lots and lots of room for camping.
Stop on in to the Exchange for food, drink and information. Friendly folks there.

Take the paved road North out of Arnold and you will experience the drive above Devil's Den, the road used by the Sandhills Open Road Challenge, held annually in August and draws hundreds of participants and spectators to this thriller. Follow the road right back to Nebraska Highway 2 and you will find yourselves just a few miles East of Dunning, Nebraska.
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