Does A Ten Gallon Cowboy Hat Really Hold That Much?

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I finally got the straight dope on this insomnia-causing question, from none other than. . ., well The StraightDope.com website.

SD staffer JillGat offers la pura verdad:

“Ten-gallon hat” is the result of a linguistic mix-up. “Galon” is the Spanish word for “braid.” Some vaqueros wore as many as ten braided hatbands on their sombreros, and those were called “ten galon hats.” English speakers heard gallon. Real cowboy hats came to Texas from the Spanish via Mexico (unless you want to go all the way back to Genghis Khan and the Mongolian horsemen, who apparently wore something similar).

And no, ten-gallon hats don’t hold ten gallons of water.

Trust me.

Thanks for reading,
Steve (Soggy) Singer
CEO Hartford York

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