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Audio Recording Life in a Bunkhouse

Life in a Bunkhouse

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  • Life in a Bunkhouse


  • Fleischhauer, Carl (Interviewer)
  • Wilson, William A. (William Albert), 1933- (Interviewer)
  • Nichols, Jesse "Tex" (Narrator)

Created / Published

  • April 9, 1981


  • -  Ninety-Six Ranch
  • -  Buildings
  • -  Activities
  • -  Bunkhouses
  • -  Grayson Ranch
  • -  Buckarooing
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Interviews


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  Jesse "Tex" Nichols compares bunkhouse life in the past and in the present on the Grayson Ranch. Recorded in a barn on the 96 Ranch.
  • -  Tex Nichols's reminiscence is set in the bunkhouse on the Grayson Ranch, one of the properties owned by Kansan Willard Garvey. His Nevada Garvey Corporation is the only large absentee owner in Paradise Valley. Its holdings include a number of ranches assembled by the Abel and Curtner Company earlier in the century and fully developed by Henry McCleary and his son Frank from the 1930s through the 1950s. Frank McCleary sold the property to Garvey in the mid-1960s. The ranches have been leased to various corporations through the years. One of the lessee operators of the 1970s was the Nevada First Corporation.
  • -  The ranches operated by corporations are often larger than family ranches. (Family corporations own many of the latter; my use of corporation here refers only to absentee-owned corporations.) Since these ranches have no working family members, they are more likely to employ buckaroos. They offer better wages and benefits. They are also more likely to have single buckaroos and, therefore, a bunkhouse. Thus one may argue that corporation ranches help keep certain aspects of tradition alive.


  • Audio

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1991/021: NV81-CF-R9

Source Collection

  • Paradise Valley Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1991/021)


  • American Folklife Center

Digital Id

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line

Paradise Valley Folklife Project collection, 1978-1982 (AFC 1991/021), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Fleischhauer, Carl, William A Wilson, and Jesse "Tex" Nichols. Life in a Bunkhouse. April 9, 1981. Audio.

APA citation style:

Fleischhauer, C., Wilson, W. A. & Nichols, J. ". (1981) Life in a Bunkhouse. April 9. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Fleischhauer, Carl, William A Wilson, and Jesse "Tex" Nichols. Life in a Bunkhouse. April 9, 1981. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.