Gayne at the Buckhorn

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Opened by Albert Friedrich in 1881, the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum moved to different spots throughout the city before settling at its current location at the corner of Houston and Presa. This puts it only a hop, skip and a jump from the Alamo. Really. I tried it.
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From the beginning, Friedrich would often accept horns, antlers and mounts in exchange for a beer or whiskey. Hopefully this knobby-antlered whitetail got some cowboy more than one drink.
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Friedrich’s wife, Emile, took jars of rattlesnake rattles in trade for drinks to craft art such as this deer.
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This whitetail had one hell of an underbite. I’m guessing he was good at dipping tobacco, though.
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Some of the trophies at the Buckhorn, such as this gorilla, can no longer be taken. Thank you, Dian Fossey.
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This longhorn had an almost 9-foot spread. Well, I guess he still does. Only he’s dead now.
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One of the many “freak” whitetails found at the Buckhorn.
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I purposely took this photo from the whitetail’s “bad side.”
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This whitetail’s bulbous antler growth is thought to have come about due to a screwworm infestation.
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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.
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I can’t imagine what kind of trouble I’d get into if I shot a Galapagos iguana like this one.
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This whitetail died after a fight with a rival male tied him into a barbwire fence.
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What does Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai have to do with my visit to the Buckhorn? Nothing. Nothing at all.
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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.
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I’m not sure of the legality of taking an Ocean Sunfish or Mola Mola today. But then, I have no idea where you’d even find one of these things.
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In addition to trophy mounts, the Buckhorn also has a collection of oddities, such as this two-headed calf.
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Another “freak” deer.
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Taxidermy skills have improved immensely since this mountain lion was mounted many, many years ago. Looks like a bad face-lift, doesn’t it?
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I’d scream like a girl if I caught one of these while fishing. It’s actually a “devil fish” cut from a stingray.
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Somewhere there’s a Hereford bull denying he had anything to do with this deer’s mom.
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Likewise, somewhere there’s a longhorn bull denying he had anything to do with this deer’s mom.
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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.
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These pieces were obviously constructed by some very sick taxidermists. Very sick taxidermists on acid.
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Apparently, two-headed calves aren’t that rare, as the Buckhorn has quite a few. My thanks to the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum.