Matfield Station & PrairieArt Path
Lodging, Weddings, Arts & Entertainment, Recreation
640 Kansas 177
The Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe railroad company built the bunkhouse structure in 1922 to provide shelter for the section hands who maintained the railroad.
This is one of several facilities built for each section ten to thirty miles apart. One of the few remaining bunkhouses included 11 units and an adjacent foreman’s house. In 2001, Bill McBride, Julia Fabris McBride, and Karl Rohlich purchased Matfield Station.
The historic Santa Fe building was “one good rain away” from collapse, and they couldn’t stand to see the bunkhouse disintegrate. We love the views, open space and fresh air, horses across the road, Flint Hill sunsets, and wind on the prairie. Walk the PrairyArt Path — miles of prairie path with dramatic views of the Valley of the South Fork and sculptures by Bill McBride and other prairie-inspired artists.
Walk to Matfield Green, our small, welcoming ranching, farming, and arts community. Explore the surroundings — open prairie, miles of gravel backroads, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and the nearby small towns of Cottonwood Falls and Strong City.