Roundup Your Cowboy Knowledge For This Wild West QUIZ

Why did cowboys wear wide-brimmed hats?

James Dean reclines in the back of a car wearing a cowboy hat.
Retry Correct Incorrect Cowboys often wore wide-brimmed hats to shield their faces and necks from the sun. The stereotypical cowboy hat that you see in movies–the Stetson hat–was not invented until 1865, meaning that most Wild West cowboys didn’t wear them.
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Why did cowboys wear wide-brimmed hats?

  • To shield themselves from the sun
  • To disguise their identity
  • To keep their hair out of their eyes
  • To distinguish themselves as cowboys
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