City of Bunker

  • Pop: 407
  • Mayor: Gary Conway Jr.
  • Education: Elementary
    High School
  • Healthcare: Nearest hospital - 30 mi.
  • Recreation: Johnson Shut-Ins
    Clearwater Lake
    Loggers Lake

The City of Bunker is located in Reynolds County, with city offices at 620 Sixth Street. The surrounding Mark Twain National Forest attracts local visitors as well as tourists from all over the State of Missouri. Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission assists Bunker with its economic development activities.

According to the 2010 census, Mayor Gary Conway Jr. and the four-member city council administer a city with a population of 407. Bunker has one part-time policeman and a volunteer Fire Department staff of 20.

In 2015, Reynolds County reported a per capita income of $20,082. The unemployment rate of Reynolds County in 2015 was 6.4 percent, with an available workforce of 1,302. The average hourly wage for the county, as of 2015, is $11.85 per hour. The county's major employers are Baker Enterprises, a lumber mill equipment manufacturer, with 150 employees; Doe Run Mining Company, a hard rock mining company, with approximately 700 employees,; Lesterville School, with 75 employees; Reynolds County Memorial Hospital, with 65 workers; and Advanced Healthcare, with 50 employees.

Black River Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Ellington, provides electric power for the City of Bunker. The City itself provides water for its residents from its own well. The water plant has a capacity of 50,000 gallons per day, with a storage capacity of 50,000 gallons. Natural gas is provided to residents from Chilton Oil Company and Ferrell Gas. Sewer services are provided by the city through its sludge-retained lagoon plant, which has a capacity of 45,000 gallons. Telephone and Internet service is obtained from Century Link, headquartered in Marion, LA, which provides digital switching for the area.

Residents of Bunker receive medical services from physicians whose offices are located in Salem and Ellington. There is a 29-bed hospital in the county that is 32 miles from the City of Bunker.

There are two public educational institutions in Bunker: an elementary school and a high school. The nearest public community college, Mineral Area College, is located in Park Hills. Rolla Technical Institue, the nearest public tech facility, is located in Rolla. Missouri University of Science and Techology, a public four-year college located in Rolla, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Fall, 2017, enrollment for the university was 7,834 students.

Residents in Reynolds County travel Missouri Highways 72, 21, and A. It is 60 miles to the nearest four-lane thoroughfare and interstate interchange.

Salem memorial Airport, located 33.4 miles away in Salem, is the nearest public airport. It has a 2,998-foot paved runway. The nearest commercial airport is Rolla/Vichy National Airport, a distance of 53 miles.

Residents do their banking at the People's Community State Bank. It has combined assets of $426 million.

Cable television services are available to all. They provide over 19 channels to local citizens.

There are eight Protestant churches serving Bunker.

The nearest public access lakes are Clearwater Lake, Loggers Lake, Sutton's Bluff and Johnson Shut-Ins. Activities on or around the lakes include camping, fishing, hiking/fitness/nature trails, and swimming.

Average temperatures for Bunker range from 42 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 65 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The average annual precipitation is 41 inches.

The city is represented by 143rd District State Representative Jeff Pogue (R) and 3rd District State Senator Gary Romine (R).  U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Bunker in the Eighth Congressional District.