atm-logoWhat were authentic ranch houses like?

Steve Estey
LaFayette, New York

Ranch houses on the American frontier were primitive and small, oftentimes just a room or two. Most were more like shacks or cabins, just a place with a roof overhead to protect an occupant from the elements. Since many were bachelor’s quarters, they lacked a woman’s touch. Today’s bathrooms can be larger than entire bedrooms of that period (the ranch bathroom, of course, was generally a privy out back).


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