Seventeen-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. An entrepreneur at an early age, Albert opened the Buckhorn Saloon in 1881.
He learned that many folks traveling off the ol’ dusty trail didn't have much money in their pockets. Albert had the brilliant idea to accept horns and antlers in exchange for a free beer or whiskey from his saloon. From then on, the Buckhorn collection grew to become one of the world's most unique and largest collections of horns and antlers. Patrons of every age continue to visit The Buckhorn year after year and marvel at the grandest collection of animals in Texas and possibly the world!
Albert’s wife, Emile got into the family business as well. She began to accept jars of rattlesnake rattles in exchange for a drink. She would use these to create works of art that can, to this day, be seen on display at the Buckhorn.