|"Boss of the Plains"|
It's been rumored that a as cowboy upon seeing Stetson wearing that first hat, rode up to him, took the hat, tried it on, and handed Stetson five dollars.
Stetson was the son of a master hatter so it wasn't a fluke that he knew how to make a hat and a good one at that. He returned to the east and with $100 dollars he rented a room, bought tools and $10 worth of fur and started the John B. Stetson Hat Company. A year later he was mass producing the "Boss of the Plains". This was a hat with a flt brim, straight sided crown and rounded corners. It was lightweight and waterproof.
By 1886 his Philadelphia based company was the largest hat manufacturer in the world
Today the factory is on nine acres in Garland, Texas where they produce over one hundred varieties and colors of hats.
Do you own a Stetson or any cowboy hat?