The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe company built the bunkhouse structure in 1922 to provide shelter for the section hands who maintained the railroad and their families.
Bill McBride, Julia Fabris McBride, and Karl Rohlich purchased Matfield Station in 2001. The building was “one good rain away” from collapse, and they couldn’t stand to see the bunkhouse disintegrate. Bill, an architect, worked with a friend Pat Moss, a carpenter, to restore the building. Making the big leap and moving to Kansas (from Chicago) in 2006, Bill and Julia lived at Matfield Station while their house was built just 400 feet from the bunkhouse. Karl lives in the North Unit, welcoming and orienting newly arrived guests.
Each apartment has heated floors, air conditioning, bathroom, kitchen, back deck, and wi-fi. The bathrooms each have a shower, toilet and vanity — hair dryer and towels are provided. The kitchens are complete with microwave, oven/range, refrigerator, toaster, coffeemaker, pots, pans, dishes, glasses and silverware.
All casitas are non-smoking. A shared front porch, grill, firepit, and laundry room are also available. Pets and children are welcome!
The South Unit features a king-size bed and larger living area with a fold-out futon.
The Middle Unit is a smaller studio with a queen-size bed.