There’s still room in town, thank goodness, for lodgings with rates in the double digits; the low double digits. Unless you’re someone’s guest, there is no cheaper place to stay than the Outermost Hostel, five cabins with 29 beds — most of them bunks. The property was acquired in 1947 by Irene and Harold Wilson, who ran the Tid Bit downtown. She sold it in 1967 to Kathleen and Stephen Perry, who operated the cottages. “When the parents died, the kids rented them out to friends,” Joel Grozier recalled, “and for a while it was quite the party stop for town kids.” Outermost was established in 1991 by Thomas Cochran III and Sheela Cochran, proprietors of a youth hostel in St. Louis. The Perry family still owns the main house at No. 26.
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