The following are pictures I took at the Buckhorn Museum at the (now closed) Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio, Texas in 1996. I hope the museum is still open and remains open. This museum is well worth seeing if you're going to be in San Antonio, and worth making a special trip to see if you weren't going to be there anyway.
I was in San Antonio for 5 months in 1996 and was amazed that I met no one, not even natives who knew of this treasure. I saw it way back in 1972, it was one of the places you could tour during basic training at Lackland Air Force Base.
I hunted all over the web and couldn't find much on the place, so here it is.
For more info on the Lone Star Buckhorn Museums, write to: Lone Star Brewing Company, 600 Lone Star Blvd., San Antonio, Texas 78204 or call 512-270-9400.
Here are a few links to Texas and the area.
Many thanks to Richard Heller for the following update on the Buckhorn Saloon and Hall of Horns:
I wanted to let you know that I'm a native Texan and grew up in San Antonio and I do remember going to the Hall of Horns several times and drinking root beer while my parents got to drink Lone Star.
Actually, the Buckhorn Saloon and Hall of Horns originally was downtown until the Lone Star Brewery bought it and moved it to their brewery when they built the "new" brewery in the 1930s or 1940s. In fact, my Dad told me that he remembers his Dad telling him about the Buckhorn Saloon when he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston before WWI, and at this time it was downtown not far from the Menger and Alamo.
I go to school at UT in Austin so when the brewery closed in 1996, I didn't hear much about what they were going to do with the Buckhorn Saloon and my Dad told me that they were moving downtown again. Well, ironically I went to see my parents this weekend and me a couple of friends decided to go to the Lone Star Brewery to get some pictures with the brewery in the background (expecting the place to be totally closed). Well, it wasn't entirely closed yet (although they aren't making beer anymore) and they still have the Buckhorn Saloon and Hall of Horns and the rest of the museum. Since I hadn't been there since I was 13 or something, we went in and had a great time. Finally got to drink a Lone Star at that bar there.
Before we were going to leave, I asked the bartender if they were going to move downtown since that is what my Dad had told me. To my surprise, he said that they were "moving tomorrow at noon." I still am surprised by the timing and very pleased too that I got to see the Lone Star Brewery and Hall of Horns the day before they left the old Lone Star grounds.
Anyway, they are moving downtown somewhere and taking everything with them but the brewery and the fish museum and they should have started Sunday.
Thought I would pass that on to you.
Many of the displays have fascinating documentation. You'll find a sampling with the pictures below to whet your appetite.
78 Points! (Boone & Crockett I believe) This world's record whitetail deer was found in McCullough County, Texas in 1892.
The antlers above are all hanging from the ceiling. The owner of the original was in the habit of handing out booze in return for antlers to add to his collection, especially atypical antlers.
A view of the bar. They serve a taste of Lone Star beer, and perhaps other stuff there, I can't remember. No... I didn't sample too much to remember, I was just concentrating on seeing their great collection!
I wish the picture showed this one better, you'll just have to go see it for yourself. It's a white tailed deer with fungus growth antlers. That's a Canadian lynx pelt behind it.
"Horn Tooter" on loan from Richard Squyers, Ingleside, Texas.
This one had gotten its antlers tangled up in some barbed wire and sticks.
Two bucks that had gotten their horns locked in combat. Donated by T.E. (Tates) Mueller.
This buck died after fighting another buck and entangling his antlers in barbed wire fence, sticks and one broken antler from its challenger. Donated by Warren and Elzina Scott, Paradise Kansas, 1994.
You've gotta stand in front of this longhorn yourself to appreciate the spread of its horns, over 6 feet I think.
NO folks, these are NOT deer. If you are out hunting DON'T shoot an animal with "antlers" like these! Reminds me of the one about the Vermont farmer who was fed up with "flatlanders" shooting at his cows. So one year he painted "COW" in big letters on both sides of them. The next day he went out and found some idiot had shot his John Deere tractor.
A Cape Buffalo with freak horns on its skull.
Part of the Africa room.
More of the Africa room.
Chairs made of cow horns. (Or steer horns).
This deer is made of rattlesnake rattles. They have several exhibits of rattlesnake rattle art.
This thing is animated. Watch out!
This rattlesnake was 7 feet 11 inches long and weighed 89 pounds!
More rattlesnake rattle art.
This chair was made by George M. Freese. He was famous for his horn chairs.
A rough day at work. And you think you have it bad!
Teddy Roosevelt chair made in 1898.
A couple of other views of the bar.
If you look close, that's a Lone Star Brewery truck demolished by a huge armadillo.
Part of the bird collection. They also have a very large fish collection.
Some guns with some very interesting history behind them owned by trick and fancy shooters.
Those are REAL horns growing out of that rabbit.
A two headed lamb.
An 8 legged lamb... and these were before nuclear testing... or "ozone holes".
More Rattlesnake rattle art. I like the motto!
Some pictures of equipment used for deer hunting in Texas:
A couple of pictures of blinds. The little windows open up for shooting.
Some automatic feeders. These get the deer coming so they are present when you are. You kind of have to hunt this way down there as the country is just too open to get them any other way.