500 Cowboy Hats Enshrined in N. Texas Museum

Cowboys who needed a place to hang their hats turned to a Wichita Falls western wear store.

More than 500 cowboys hats will go on display next month at the Museum of North Texas History.

Nat Flemming, for more than half-a century, collected old cowboy hats. His store, called The Cow Lot, opened in 1953.

KAUZ-TV reports customers buying new cowboy would sometimes leave their old ones. Flemming would put an identification tag on the old hats and hang them as part of a display.

Curator Bobby Braun said, after Flemming retired, his hat exhibit ended up with the museum in Wichita Falls.

The exhibit is scheduled to be unveiled the weekend of July 25 in Wichita Falls.

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