JT tells me that he has worn union suits since high school. “Being raised and working full time on our ranch in northern Nevada, I looked up to the other cowboys. I noticed they all wore red union suits as I could always see them under their collars and when their sleeves were rolled up exposing the comfortable red layer. It was then I realized I needed a pair.” JT purchased his first union suit from a local ranch store and experienced the “warmth, comfort and practicality for himself!”
JT tells me that he too was the brunt of many jokes but that he wasn’t the one freezing on those cold Nevada high-country winter days. “It was all in good fun and soon my buddies were asking where I got my union suit! Any good, hard working man should wear a union suit. Now many of my buds, well, it’s all they wear and red is the most popular color. It’s more common than one would think among guys in my thirty-something age group even though they are an old fashioned style. I have my own style and a union suit is part of that!”
JT and the boys come in from work at the end of the day and gather in the bunkhouse in the evening for a meal, good conversation, and sometimes music and cowboy poetry. "Some of us would remove our shirts and some would just be lounging in their union suits and boots, some with hats still on and a wild rag around their neck! It was the time of day for relaxing around the old wood stove and passing the whiskey around.” According to JT, they wear their long underwear well into spring as snow and frost are common as late as June in northern Nevada.
“Thank you for considering my story as I too am a 'Union Suit Fan.' Keep the stories and photos coming, we all look forward to reading about it. Keep the spirit of the Wild West alive! … Regards and YeeeHaaw!! ...JT, Owyhee, NV”
JT has been known to wear not only
Red Union Suits but
Heather Oatmeal ones too!