Hesston has been a leading manufacturer of North American farm equipment since 1955 and belt buckles since 1974.The town of Hesston, Kansas where the Hesston Company was founded dates back to 1886. The town had two names before locals settled on Hess Town, named for the Hess brothers who were landowners where the town was later built. In 1983, Hesston produced a buckle design commemorating the 25th anniversary of the National Finals Rodeo (this was the last Hesston buckle designed by Bill Manley). This was Hesston's tenth limited edition buckle. The buckle is stamped on the back "Commemorating the 10th annual network telecast of the National Finals Rodeo, sponsored by Hesston Corporation and participating Hesston Farm Equipment Dealers". The front has "Hesston, 25th Anniversary Series 59-83" with a bareback rider and a bull rider. 3 3/4" x 3"" for up to a 1 3/4" belt.
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