Destinations Magazine - May/June 2018 - 48
Step Into Ranger
History at the Buckhorn
& Museum and
hile visiting San Antonio for its 300th anniversary this year, groups won't
want to miss another piece of history at the Buckhorn Saloon & Museum.
In the late 1800s, 17-year-old Albert Friedrich was a bartender and bellhop at the
Southern Hotel on Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio when he decided to open his
own saloon across the street. After he opened the Buckhorn in 1881, he realized that many
folks didn't have much money, so he accepted horns and antlers in exchange for a beer or
whiskey. From then on, the Buckhorn collection grew to become one of the world's most
unique and largest collections of horns and antlers.
When the Buckhorn's location expanded in 2006, it added the Texas Ranger Museum,
which includes Texas Ranger artifacts such as badges, photographs, revolvers, and other
weapons. Visitors can walk through Ranger Town, a re-creation of San Antonio at the turn
of the century, complete with a replica Buckhorn Saloon, a jail cell, a blacksmith shop, and
a telegraph office.
No trip to the Buckhorn Saloon is complete without a drink. The saloon offers a
variety of beers, ciders, wines, and mixed drinks. If visitors have worked up a hunger for
something delicious, the café at the Buckhorn offers Texas barbecue brisket, ribs, chicken,
burgers, and more.
■ Buckhorn Saloon & Museum/Texas Ranger Museum
www.buckhornmuseum.com, (210) 247-4004
TAKE YOUR FEET FOR A WALK
San Antonio Shoemakers has your size
CVB can help you
plan your visit.
■ San Antonio Shoemakers Factory and General Store
www.sasshoes.com, (210) 921-8103
TAKE IN THE TEXAS
SEASHORE IN CORPUS CHRISTI
Corpus Christi is a short drive away if groups want to see the coast after their adventures in
San Antonio. Relax on one of the many beaches or take in the natural wildlife at the Padre
Island National Seashore. Tour the oldest shipwreck from the Gulf of Mexico in the Corpus
Christi Museum of Science and History, and travel back in time on the World War II naval
aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Lexington. Enjoy a meal, a drink, and the Texas hospitality. Check
out the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau at www.visitcorpuschristitx.org for
ideas and deals.
■ Corpus Christi CVB
| www.visitcorpuschristitx.org, (800) 678-6232
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE BUCKHORN MUSEUM;
CORPUS CHRISTI CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU.
Walking around San Antonio, visitors need a good pair of shoes. Why not stop by San
Antonio Shoemakers (SAS) Inc. to tour the facilities and buy a new pair of boots or slipons? Co-founders Terry Armstrong and Lew Hayden had worked for a local shoe company,
but in 1976, they ventured out on their own and started SAS. With more than 200 stores in
the U.S. and 11 other countries, the co-founders wanted to counter the trend of diminishing
quality and cheap foreign manufacturing. The majority of the shoes are crafted in San
Antonio and Del Rio, Texas, so visitors know they are getting a high-quality pair of shoes.
With 88 sizes for women and 104 sizes for men, visitors can be sure that a "professional
shoe-fitter" will find what is right for them.