The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 285
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going north, cowboys congregated in the prosperous community.
In a land of "distance, dust, and grass" a hard-working cowhand
could acquire a deep thirst, and as a result Friedrich's Buckhorn
did a thriving business. The saloon's customers started bringing
to the oasis extraordinary specimens of horns which were often
traded for a drink of whiskey or a mug of beer. Friedrich, after
finding that the horns were both beneficial and decorative, cul-
tivated them and by 1910o he could boast one of the most out-
standing collection of horns in existence. It has remained so to
As the Buckhorn collection became known in the far reaches
of the Western hemisphere, more and more persons brought
horns to the saloon. This brought additional customers and in-
creased business, so Friedrich took a logical step and began selling
curios; however, the main attractions always were the rich cherry
wood bar with its brass footrail, ceiling fans, old telephone,
manual cash register, coal oil cigar lighter, and mechanical singing
bird in a cage. Nearby were coin-operated machines which for a
nickel investment would tell a person's fortune, give advice, write
a letter, produce photos of theatrical idols, advise the lovelorn,
and test skill and strength. Rattlesnake rattles were brought to
the Buckhorn by the hundreds, and with the surplus Mrs. Fried-
rich began to make pictures. One of her outstanding creations
depicts an Indian brave and squaw facing each other with a bow
and arrow between them. These attractions combined with nickel
beer, free lunches at specified periods, and ladies' day at election
time showed the creative ability of the Friedrichs and made the
Buckhorn probably the most distinctive business of its kind in
No mention of the Buckhorn could be complete without saying
a word about its present status. In order to insure the Buckhorn's
preservation and to place it in a condition where many persons
could enjoy the exceptional collection, the Lone Star Brewing
Company acquired the horns in 1956 and arranged the Buckhorn
Hall of Horns. Fritz and Emilie Toepperwein did much of the
work in creating the Asiatic Hall, European Hall, African Hall,
North American Hall, and Texas Room. The book adequately
describes the individual horns and relics in each of the halls and
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962, periodical, 1962; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101195/m1/319/: accessed June 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.