Ann Bassett

Colorado's Cattle Queen

This is the first full-length biography of an extraordinary woman in Colorado's history.


Anna Marie Bassett was the first white child born in the notorious outlaw region of Colorado known as Brown's Park. She knew outlaws such as Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and became lifelong friends with Elza Lay.


When Tom Horn, hired by Ora Haley, owner of the Two Bar Cattle enterprise, murdered her fiance' Matt Rash, Ann Bassett launched a personal vendetta against Haley and the Two Bar ranch.


"Throwing caution to the winds, I pushed cattle off the range. I had to work alone. My neighbors did not support me in this, my challenge to Haley, and defiance of law and order. No other stockmen were responsible for what I did. I turned the heat against myself by an open declaration of war."

This is the account of Colorado's Cattle Queen, Ann Bassett, told largely in her own own words and supported by friends and enemies alike.


"Brown's Park brought back a poignant yearning to dash away and drive an avalanche of Two Bar cattle back across the divide. Then I would awaken from my dream to discover that I had been peeping into the past that cannot return. Live Two Bar cattle are conspicuously absent. The winds have buried all the dead ones."

Ann Bassett


Forward by well known Wild Bunch historians Dan Buck and Anne

Original content © 2019 Linda R. Wommack
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