2017 Chautauquans: The Legendary Ladies ~ Josie Bassett

Josie Bassett

Josie Bassett (1874-1964) was raised on a cattle ranch in Brown’s Park, CO.  Her mother taught her skills of riding, roping, shooting, raising cattle and a strong-willed independence. 

The Bassetts lived in a world where the small ranchers battled the large cattle barons that had the political powers behind them. Josie learned at an early age that to survive, they must take beef with an outsider’s brand. 

When lands near Jensen, UT opened up for homesteading in 1913, Josie, then 40, found land near Cub Creek, 10 miles and two canyons north of Jensen, UT. She cleared the land, built her cabin, and planted crops for her livestock.

She was a unique blend: a sweet, generous, lovable white-haired lady who occasionally rustled cattle, poached deer, and brewed bootleg whiskey to survive and help family and friends. For 50 years she lived alone in a cabin without plumbing, telephone, or electricity in what is now Dinosaur National Monument.



Judie Hinton

Judie Hinton as Josie Bassett

Judie Hinton retired from John Deere Company in Kansas City after 28 years of service as an Auditor and Accounting Instructor. She moved to Denver in 2006 to be with her son and two beautiful grandchildren. She joined The Legendary Ladies in 2011 and has served on the Board of Directors four years. The characters she portrays are: Mary Elitch, first woman to own a resort; Polly Pry, first woman reporter for the Denver Post; and Josie Bassett, homesteader, excellent sharpshooter, cattle rustler, and bootlegger. Judie is working on her fourth character, Nettie Crook, an Orphan Train rider. She enjoys researching historical women, trips to the mountains, yoga, traveling and working in the yard.

Don’t miss The Legendary Ladies’ Straight Out of Colorado’s History, a Community Presentation, Friday, August 18 at 10 am, Mesa County Libraries, Main Branch. Community Presentations are FREE and open to the public. More information here.

The Legendary Ladies will also present Saturday, August 19 at 12:30 pm and 7 pm at The Avalon Theatre. 

All Saturday daytime presentations are FREE and open to the public.

Evening performances:

$5 for Adults; Free for children 13 years and younger

$20 for family pass up to 6 people

Ticket Sales: 
Avalon Theatre Box Office: 12-8pm, Monday-Friday
Online here
Phone: (970) 812-1292
Also Available at the Door

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