How did men and women keep their hats on when riding fast or in high wind?
Deer Park, Texas
Those wide-brimmed hats could be difficult. The most effective way was to use a “Stampede String” to keep their hat on their head. They would punch a hole on each side of the crown and tie it under their chin. If they had a large, wide rag they could lay it across the crown and tie it under their chin. It’s also good to have a hat that fits snugly. We’ve found keeping your chin down makes it harder for the wind to lift off a hat, but that might not be a good idea when riding hard.
Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona Outlaws and Lawmen; The History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or email him at email@example.com.