Last time I shared some of the history surrounding Colorado's oldest eatery the Buckhorn Exchange. The history surrounding the owner of this establishment is almost as rich and varied as the restuarant he ran. Henry H. "Shorty Scout" Zietz once led President Theodore Roosevelt and his party on an antelope and buffalo hunt. As a frequent visitor to these parts since boyhood the president considered Shorty to be one of the best guides he'd ever had. He and the President had such a bond that Shorty even played a trick on him during their hunt. One morning they killed a bear and arranged it in a tree, making it look as though it was alive and trapped. They told Teddy that the dogs had trapped a bear in a tree for him, he came running and fired away not yet realizing the truth. When he figured out what they'd done they all laughed, the President loudest of all. When the venture was over the president gifted Mr. Zietz with a Roosevelt medal and a personal letter of appreciation.
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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