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, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu