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How The Old Hat May Have Acquired Its Name

By Robert Zucker
This is a chapter from "Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains."

There are several legends how the area acquired the name Old Hat. Traditionally, miners left their hats at the entrance of tunnels to alert others that someone was inside.

According to one tradition, an abandoned old hat was found on the property while it was first being prospected; thus it acquired the name.

A different story told of “tar heels” from North Carolina who settled in this area to prospect and farm. They all wore large broad-brimmed white hats that eventually became very old and “flopped.”

Thus their neighborhood was called the old hat settlement. Later, the mining district became known as Old Hat.” [1]

[1] “Nomenclature of Mines,” Bisbee Daily Review, November 18, 1903, page 6.

Also see Mrs. Lalie C. Dodge, Letter to Dr. Frank Lockwood of Tucson, San Francisco, California, Sep. 23, 1919; Arizona Blade and the Florence Tribune, Florence, Arizona, Nov. 14, 1903.

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Robert Zucker has published several Tucson, Arizona-based tabloid newspapers– Youth Alternatives, Youth Awareness Press, Tucson Teen, The Magazine and Entertainment Magazine.

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