Nine Everyday American Essentials Older Than the Kentucky Derby

Cowboy hat

Invented in 1865 by John Batterson Stetson during a hunting trip, Stetson used fur collected during the trip, his bare hands, and boiling water to make a piece of felt. With utility in mind, he shaped the headwear with a large brim to better protect from rain, wind, and snow. While functionality that remains the primary use for some folks, cowboy fashion has gone mainstream in recent years. Arguably the anthem of 2019 after spending 17 weeks at #1, the song “Old Town Road” references a “cowboy hat from Gucci,” which we all sang or swayed along to at one point as it played in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby broadcast that year.