Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary.....

We are very lucky people. Our lovely neighbours across the road organised to mind Yas and Max for the night - this will be our second child free night in roughly seven years. Whoo hooo!!!!

We went out to dinner with two friends, Ange and Dan who were also celebrating their wedding anniversary. Our destination was the very famous Buckhorn Exchange - Denver's oldest restaurant, this world famous steakhouse first opened its doors in 1893.

Colorado's most historic eating and drinking emporium is now in its second century of operation. This amazing place contains a rich mixture of history and lore. The Buckhorn Exchange, which has liquor license Number One in the State of Colorado, was founded on November 17, 1893 by Henry H. "Shorty Scout" Zietz, easily recognized as one of the most colorful figures of the Old West.

In 1938, Chief Red Cloud, a nephew of Sitting Bull, along with a band of Sioux and Blackfoot Indians, visited Shorty at the Buckhorn. The braves set up their tepees in the parking lot and, in a solemn ceremony that evening, presented Shorty with Sitting Bull’s Colt .45 revolver plus a sword that had been taken from General George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

It was during the years that Henry rode with Buffalo Bill that the great Indian leader, Chief Sitting Bull, dubbed him "Shorty Scout" due to his diminutive stature.

This photograph of Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill is one of the many interesting images that adorn the walls of this great restaurant.

We began our meal with a plate of the infamous Rocky Mountain Oysters, (otherwise known as Bull's Testicles) and the Ostrich special while we looked at the extensive menu.

The brown Zebra pictured above is rumored to be one of only four in existence.

The walls of the Buckhorn detail its illustrious history. Its walls hold a rare 575-piece collection of taxidermy, including deer and moose, giant buffalo, mountain goat and big horn sheep; dozens of indigenous fowl; even a two-headed calf and a legendary jackalope.

Even Sitting Bull's prized Eagle is hanging from the ceiling.

The Buckhorn Exchange brims with historic artifacts, legends and notable moments. Five Presidents - Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan - dined at the Buckhorn. Hundreds of Hollywood legends, too, have savored our fare, including Bob Hope, Jimmy Cagney, Charleton Heston, astronauts Scott Carpenter and Jack Swigert, Princess Anne, Roy Rogers and Will Rogers. The list is virtually endless.

I must admit that I did find it a little unnerving to eat my meal with the very large cougar pictures above, looking as though he was going to pounce on me at any moment. We really enjoyed the food, and a special mention to Jason Brown - I had a really nice glass of red in your honour as we were thinking of you and how you would truly love this place!

The food was really wonderful, as was the company. I can't remember having such a great time at any other restaurant - look out Nic, Mum, Kay and Graham you will all be expected to sample the cuisine at this great place when you arrive.

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