"They sent him out to a linecamp"
Line camp bunkhouse in Texas
Public DomainLine camp bunkhouse in Texas - Credit: National Park Service

Line camps were isolated outposts positioned along the boundaries of vast ranches.

Before the open range system came to an end with the introduction of barb wire fencing towards the close of the 19th century, cowboys were stationed in these camps to ‘ride the line’. This meant turning back cattle that were straying from the ranch property, tending to the cattle, and watching out for rustlers. After fencing was introduced, line camps became less common but were still used on larger ranch properties.