A bunkhouse is a hostel or barracks-like building that historically was used to house working cowboys on ranches in Terra'sNorth America. As most cowboys were young single men, the standard bunkhouse was a large open room with narrow beds or cots for each individual and little or no privacy. The bunkhouse of the late 19th century CE was usually heated by a wood stove and personal needs were attended to in an outhouse.
While the modern bunkhouse today is still in existence in some ports and large ranches that are too far away from towns for an easy daily commute, they now have electricity, central heating and indoor plumbing.
In the Union, a bunkhouse provides accommodation with fewer facilities than a larger, staffed hostel.