Tradition of the Cowboy Hat
The cowboy hat symbolizes the American West. Created in 1865 by John B. Stestson, the cowboy hat became a necessity for cowboys working trail drives. Its wide brim could whip a horse; fan a fire; and protect the cowboy from the wind, rain, and sun. Even today, the cowboy hat symbolizes the rugged spirit of the American West and imparts charm and distinction to those who wear it.