The Gun Barrel Steak & Game House, which is locally owned and operated, opened in 1993 in what had formerly been the Wyoming Wildlife Museum & Taxidermy. The Gun Barrel Steak & Game House name was taken from the small east Texas town of Gun Barrel City. The original 1950’s hand-painted town sign was given to us by the town.
Many of the museums full mount game trophies, which were taken from around Jackson Hole, can still be seen – some even in front of their original painted dioramas. In addition to these indigenous animals, there are numerous others from around the world, many of which were collected by us.
Most of the antique cowboy artifacts also come from Wyoming and many have historical significance; Hank William’s 1800’s buffalo coat that he wore on the Lone Wolf album; two Harrison Crandall colorized photographs taken in Grand Teton National Park in the forties; and eight original Edward Curtis portrait photogravures of American Indians taken circa 1890. Our largest gun is an .82 caliber rampart gun from India forged in the 1700’s.
The original museum structure was completely refurbished with lodgepole pine. The logs were hand-peeled in our parking lot using draw knives to remove the bark (notice the cut marks) and the milling was the subject of a Carhartt catalog shoot. The detail logs around the front entrance and bar were removed from Shadow Mt. north of town. We also set the old bugling royal elk which was outside the old museum, atop the building and now it is a Jackson landmark. The mural on our west wall outside is a re-creation of Bierstadt’s Buffalo Hunt.
Almost all of the fixtures in The Gun Barrel Steak & Game House were designed for the steakhouse, including ironwork, lighting fixtures, tables, and mesquite grill. The Gun Barrel has recently been the site of a Browning catalog shoot and an NRA video on game preparation.
We’re continually enhancing our atmosphere to guarantee an excellent Jackson dining experience. Please make yourself at home and explore our restaurant; if you have any questions please ask. If you have any suggestions, please tell us. We hope you enjoy your visit!
Mark H. Walker, Proprietor