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San Antonio Sights

The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

Updated 02/05/2013

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In 1881 the Buckhorn Saloon opened as a Texan watering hole, and Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders are said to have been among its patrons, as were writer O. Henry and Mexican Revolution leader Francisco "Pancho" Villa. Its primary customers after it opened were hunters and trappers, eager for a cold brew and to trade furs and horns. Owner Albert Friedrich collected the horns, some which his father made into horn chairs. The saloon serves a full menu of mostly American

fare (burgers, BBQ, catfish, chicken, and steak). In the museum portion, you can see an assortment of marine trophies, fishing lures, and mounted birds on guided tours through the property's many halls: Buckhorn Hall of Fins, the Buckhorn Hall of Feathers, and the Buckhorn Hall of Horns. Famous artifacts (and they number in the thousands) include one of Gene Autry's saddles. There's also a wax museum on-site with objects related to Texas's history, such as a re-creation of the Battle of the Alamo; and the Texas Ranger Museum, with exhibits that recount the stories of law enforcement in the Lone Star State from Stephen Austin forward.

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Sight Information

Address:

318 E. Houston, San Antonio, Texas, 78205, USA

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Phone:

210-247–4000

Sight Details:

  • $11.99 (museum)
  • Memorial Day–Labor Day, daily 10–6; early Sept.–late May, daily 10–5

Updated 02/05/2013

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