Were duster coats common outerwear on the frontier?

atm-logoWere duster coats common outerwear on the frontier?

Chris Evans
Parowan, Utah

Yes, full-length canvas or linen dusters were pretty common outer garments for protecting folks from trail dust, especially for men or women who might be wearing a suit or nice clothes for a trip into town. Oil cloth or waxed cotton dusters also protected the wearer from the rain.

The James-Younger Gang wore dusters when the men tried to rob a bank in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1876. Unfortunately for them, the coats didn’t stop bullets.

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