The Cowboy Hat In 1865, with $100 in his pocket, John Batterson Stetson rented a small room, bought the tools he needed and $10 worth of fur; and the John B. Stetson Hat Company was born. A year later the “Hat of the West” or the now famous “Boss of the Plains” hat was born. Stetson is the standard in hats, the essence of the spirit of the West and an icon of everyday American lifestyle.,because of its authentic American heritage.
The officers were called the “North-West Mounted Police” until Feb. 1, 1920, when legislation merged the Mounties with other police forces across eastern Canada. They became known as the “Royal Canadian Mounted Police.”