So much history occurred at Denver’s Buckhorn Exchange. We go there for excellent exotic food and old time atmosphere. This famous steakhouse opened for business in 1893. And it is still serving fabulous food to Denverites, visiting dignitaries and tourists. I, Zeb the Duck, my Alaska cousin, my Alaska Uncle and my mom went here for dinner. We all liked it.
The Buckhorn Exchange was opened and operated by Henry H. Zietz. Zietz, one of the most colorful figures of the Early West met Buffalo Bill Cody and became a member of the scouts.
Through Buffalo Bill, Zietz met Chief Sitting Bull who dubbed him “Shorty Scout”. The name stuck with Zietz, and he and Sitting Bull became life long friends.
President Theodore Roosevelt ate here and hired Shorty Scout to be his hunting guide. Other presidents and dignitaries also ate here. In June 1938 about 30 Indians in full battle regalia rode war ponies down Osage Street to the Buckhorn. Shorty Scout appeared and Sitting Bull’s nephew, Chief Red Cloud, presented Shorty Scout with the sword, taken by Chief Sitting Bull, from the body of General George Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. The Zietz family owns the rare sword to this day.
When you visit the Buckhorn Exchange you can keep your souvenir menu, which is newspaper about the Buckhorn Exchange. Our humans love the paper. The restaurant walls display a wonderful collection of mounted game and fowl.
You will also enjoy viewing their fabulous gun collection.
Our humans each ordered the combination plate. They had a buffalo tenderloin and elk with a mixed berry chardonnay sauce. They each had a baked potato and mixed vegetables.
The meat was so tender. Everything was very tasty.
Our table had a candle and we liked the candle container.
This, like the entire décor, is very rustic and feels Early West.
The white oak bar, made in Germany in1857 is on the second floor of the restaurant. Framed behind the bar is Colorado Liquor License No. 1. This is real history.
We are sure you will enjoy visiting and dining at the Buckhorn Exchange.
Take time to experience the history here. For more information visit www.buckhornexchange.com The restaurant and lounge is located at 1000 Osage Street in Denver, Colorado.