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In my book Lyza’s Story, one of the characters wears a Stetson hat. I have no desire to spoil the fun and spill the beans on who that character is. You’ll have to read the book to find that out.

To honor that character, it thought it would be intriguing to learn a little more about the Stetson.

According to history, John Stetson was the son of a hat maker. He went out west for his health.

Stetson created a rugged hat for himself made from thick beaver felt while panning for gold in Colorado. According to legend, Stetson invented the hat while on a hunting trip while showing his companions how he could make cloth out of fur without tanning. Fur-felt hats are lighter, they maintain their shape, and withstand weather and renovation better.

Stetson made an unusually large hat from felt he made from hides collected on the trip, and wore the hat for the remainder of the expedition. Although initially worn as a joke, Stetson soon grew fond of the hat for its ability to protect him from the elements. It had a wide brim, a high crown to keep an insulating pocket of air on the head, and was used to carry water.

As their travels continued, a cowboy is said to have seen J.B. Stetson and his unusual hat, rode up, tried the hat on for himself, and paid Stetson for it with a five dollar gold piece, riding off with the first western Stetson hat on his head. The first boss of the plains hat he made was sold in Central City, Colorado. Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.


Click here to watch this fun video of how a Stetson is made.

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