In a typical Westerns saloon scene, most patrons wear hats. Wouldn’t hats be removed upon entering?

In a typical Westerns saloon scene, most patrons wear hats. Wouldn’t hats be removed upon entering?

Jim Greene

San Diego, California

Saloons were social gathering places for men only, and they usually kept their hats on. Most photographs of men in saloons show them wearing hats.

Hats were as much a part of a man’s attire as his boots. With the exception of high-class gentlemen’s clubs, men kept their headgear on in saloon.

What do you think?

Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian and the Wild West History Association’s vice president. His latest book is 2018’s Arizona Oddities: A Land of Anomalies and Tamales. Send your question, with your city/state of residence, to marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu or Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.