Fort Pierce Magazine


The Buckhorn Saloon
The Buckhorn Saloon had a short but colorful existence. It was opened in 1905 but closed the following year when St. Lucie County voters approved a local ban on alcohol sales, 14 years ahead of the national prohibition.

Buckhorn Saloon has storied history in Fort Pierce


Sign with the story of the Buckhorn SaloonAt the dawn of the 20th century, Fort Pierce boasted two watering holes within walking distance of each other. They catered to two often feuding groups of patrons: fishermen and cowboys.

Folks who earned their living from the waterways were likely to spend off hours at Will Tucker’s Tarpon Saloon near the train depot, which opened around 1893 and was Fort Pierce’s first saloon. Later, cattlemen converged on a small bar called the Buckhorn Saloon run by cattle rancher Reuben Carlton Jr. that had opened in 1902. The scene conjures an image of the Wild West. “They didn’t exactly mix with each other,” the building’s current co-owner, Hoyt “Pat” Murphy Jr. said of the warring factions. “They didn’t get along.” 

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