In 1865, with $100, John B. Stetson rented a small room, bought the tools he needed, purchased $10 worth of fur, and the John B. Stetson Hat Company was born. A year later the "Hat of the West" or the now famous "Boss of the Plains" hat (still in production today) was born and "the name Stetson was on its way to becoming the mark of quality, durability, innovation, and beauty." Stetson eventually became the world’s largest hat maker, producing more than 3,300,000 hats a year in a factory spread over 9 acres in Philadelphia. Today, Stetson hats are manufactured in Garland, Texas, by Hatco, Inc., who also produces Resistol and Charlie 1 Horse hats.
A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309