Phillips County News - One Nation, Under God

By Parker Heinlein
Outdoors columnist 

Western Bunkhouse


December 12, 2018

I plan to build a bunkhouse at our place on the lake next summer.

We’re up to 13 grandchildren and the cabin isn’t big enough to sleep everybody.

While I’ve taken measurements and have decided on dimensions, the bunkhouse remains more of a concept than a working drawing.

Bunkhouses were a staple of the Westerns I watched as a kid. We didn’t have bunkhouses where I grew up in southern Indiana. They were synonymous with the West, plain wooden structures filled with bunk beds where the hired hands slept and played poker.

I suppose they were, in part, what brought me out here when I was...

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