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Buckhorn Exchange

  • Buckhorn Exchange

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    Established by Henry H. Zietz in 1893, the Buckhorn Exchange is Denver's oldest operating restaurant. It is well known for its steak and game meats.
    Buckhorn Exchange
  • Henry Zietz at the Buckhorn Exchange

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    Henry Zietz had a reputation as a scout and hunter who knew William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, which helped draw business to the Buckhorn Exchange in its early years.
    Henry Zietz at the Buckhorn Exchange
  • Buckhorn Exchange Interior

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    The interior of the Buckhorn Exchange was filled over the years with hundreds of mounted heads, firearms, and photographs of celebrities. All the animals were reportedly shot by Henry Zietz and his son, Henry Zietz Jr.
    Buckhorn Exchange Interior
  • Buckhorn Exchange, 1980s

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    Henry Zietz Jr. took over the Buckhorn Exchange after his father died in 1949. When poor health forced him to sell it in the late 1970s, it was acquired by a group of investors called Buckhorn Associates. They added game meats to the menu but otherwise kept the building and restaurant mostly the same.
    Buckhorn Exchange, 1980s
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Buckhorn Exchange, “History,” n.d.

Claire Martin, “Buckhorn Exchange to Close During Service for Proprietor,” The Denver Post, May 23, 2005.

J. Thomas Phoenix Jr., “Buckhorn Exchange Restaurant,” Historic American Buildings Survey Inventory (c. 1968).

Kathleen Snyder, “Buckhorn Exchange,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form (July 28, 1982).

Additional Information: 

Thomas J. Noel, Denver Landmarks & Historic Districts: A Pictorial Guide (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1996).