Some of my first cowboy boots were bought at Capitol Saddlery in the late 50s.
The sign still remains, even though the business has long since relocated. I think I was told that the location on Lavaca, between 15th and 16th, has now been converted into loft apartments or some retail space. It was a one of a kind business from an earlier time. As was the proprietor, Buck Steiner a man of a different time.
I had the pleasure meeting and befriending Mr. Steiner in the 80s, when we did a project, a wastewater line, that ran through a piece of property he owned out behind the current Austin Airport.
In a story I’ll attach below in the comments tells about a saddle that my friend Tommy’s dad bought him a Buck Steiner Saddle when he was just a kid in the early 60s. He had the saddle reconditioned a while back and I thought it fitting to build him a personalized saddle rack that even incorporated the old sign.
Mr. Buck Steiner
The following story is about a friend of mine for over 55 years that has owned a Steiner Saddle for about that long.
My Friend Tommy owned a Steiner Saddle
This is another story that involves a Buck Steiner Saddle
Buck Steiner Saddle Makers Mark – below
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When I played Texas Ranger Captain Steadlin in the movie ‘’ Cadillac Ranch ‘’, My .45ACP holster set was made by the Steiner shop! Beautifully tooled belt and holster! I bought a lot of tack there starting when I was about 12 years old! I miss that place!
Great place that invokes lots of memories
Are you located in the Austin area?
No . Sorry, not anywhere near Austin. 🙂 but still your articles are good… even though I am not there
I have written nearly 1000 stories. Haven’t been on WoodPress very long. Most of them are on a Facebook group I have that is dedicated to story telling.
Hey there! I know this isn’t a story about Buck but I was more or less wondering if maybe you could help me find out if his saddles have a leaf on them anywhere. My stepdad has an old vintage saddle he just restored and we can’t find any information on it. It has a leaf on the cantel but other than that we can’t find anything else.
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I have a couple of Facebook groups that we deal with this sort of stuff. I’ll run it up the flagpole.
Carla – I attached Buck Steiner’s Saddle Makers Mark at the bottom of that story.
It wouldn’t let me attach a photo in this response.