Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

NAH Editor Gayne C. Young heads to the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum in San Antonio!

Opened by Albert Friedrich in 1881, the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum moved to different spots throughout San Antonio before settling at its current location at the corner of Houston and Presa.

Or as my GPS says, “Priss hey.”

From the beginning, Friedrich would often accept horns, antlers and mounts in exchange for a beer or whiskey.

Friedrich's wife, Emile, took jars of rattlesnake rattles in trade for drinks to craft art such as this deer.

As the collection grew, so did the oddities such as deer with misshapen, twisted, and bulbous antlers.

Some of the trophies at the Buckhorn, such as this gorilla, can no longer be taken.

Thank you, Dian Fossey.

Where do spokes-animals go when they die? To the Buckhorn. This is--or was--Atari the lynx, who used to advertise for Mercury Lynx in the early eighties.

Yes, some hunter way back when thought shooting a flamingo would be a good idea. I'm not sure, but I think hunting flamingoes requires wearing pink camo.

In addition to trophy mounts, the Buckhorn also has a collection of oddities, such as this two-headed calf.

Taxidermy skills have improved immensely since this mountain lion was mounted many, many years ago. Looks like a bad face-lift, doesn't it?

Somewhere there's a Hereford bull denying he had anything to do with this deer's mom.

Mary had a little lamb, its fleece was white as snow…and the demonic thing had 8 legs! Run, Mary! Run! That thing's possessed or something.

Apparently, two-headed calves aren't that rare, as the Buckhorn has quite a few.

Visit the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum next time you’re in San Antonio.

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