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76. Visit The Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

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Don’t skip downtown’s horniest attraction. - COURTESY
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  • Don’t skip downtown’s horniest attraction.

Ah, the good old days, when you could buy a pinch of whiskey with an antler. The Buckhorn Saloon's proprietor Albert Friedrich understood that not everyone could pay for booze, so he accepted horns as payment; soon these curios covered every wall and ceiling, and the Hall of Horns was born. After a 30-year stint at the Lone Star Brewery, Friedrich's ancestors moved the collection back downtown where he intended it to be displayed. Today, the impressive collection houses exotic taxidermy, oddities, wildlife displays and a "Ranger Town" exhibit complete with a jail cell, saloon and Bonnie and Clyde's famed getaway car. For nostalgia's sake, pull up a seat at the original cherry-wood bar and order a root beer on tap. Horns not accepted. 318 E. Houston St., (210) 247-4000, buckhornmuseum.com

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