Linda Wommack

Writer and Historical Consultant

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Three Time Winner

of the prestigious Will Rogers Medallion Award

1st Place, Non-Fiction

Ranching Women of Colorado: 17 Legendary Ladies

The Homestead Act of 1862 brought thousands west for free land, new beginnings, and a new way of life. For many, it was the dawn of a new dream, and no more so than for the female homesteader. At a time when most women’s futures were tied to a husband’s prosperity, it was a bold, courageous step for women to step out of the conventional norm.

3rd Place, Biography

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.

4th Place, Biography

Growing Up with the Wild Bunch
The Story of Pioneer Legend Josie Bassett

The life of Josie Bassett was nothing short of a female pioneer adventure. Josie came west in a wagon train at the age of four. Settling in rugged Brown's Park in the extreme northwest corner of Colorado, Josie learned to ride and rope by the age of six. Like all girls, as a young teenager she discovered boys, but Josie's first real boyfriend was a future outlaw, none other than Butch Cassidy.

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NEW

by Linda Wommack

Ranching Women of Colorado: 17 Legendary Ladies

The American West has always been known for strong women, and the state of Colorado is no exception. From the earliest days of settlement, Colorado women had a love for the land and built their homesteads and ranches.
The Homestead Act of 1862 brought thousands west for free land, new beginnings, and a new way of life. For many, it was the dawn of a new dream, and no more so than for the female homesteader. At a time when most women’s futures were tied to a husband’s prosperity, it was a bold, courageous step for women to step out of the conventional norm.

In Ranching Women of Colorado: 17 Legendary Ladies author Linda Wommack tells the stories of these remarkable women who found ways to survive and thrive in the male dominated ranching industry of the 19th century West.

Growing Up with the Wild Bunch: The Story of Pioneer Legend Josie Bassett

The life of Josie Bassett was nothing short of a female pioneer adventure. Josie came west in a wagon train at the age of four. Settling in rugged Brown's Park in the extreme northwest corner of Colorado, Josie learned to ride and rope by the age of six. Like all girls, as a young teenager she discovered boys, but Josie's first real boyfriend was a future outlaw, none other than Butch Cassidy. As a young rancher's wife with two young boys, Josie witnessed first-hand the strong-arm tactics of the cattle barons trying to steal the land from smaller ranch owners. When it happened to the Bassett family, Josie's husband and father fought back. Murder occurred at the ranch when a man was hung from the gate post at the entrance of the Bassett ranch.

Following a bitter divorce and a few more marriages, Josie moved to the remote area of Cub Creek in western Utah. Here she managed to make a living by hunting, making moonshine and possibly cattle rustling. (She was brought up on charges but acquitted.) Josie married a few more times, running off one husband with a frying pan. He later said, “Josie gave me fifteen minutes to get off her land, I only needed five!”

Josie was the feature of a LIFE magazine article in 1948 and was a rodeo queen when she was in her 70s. Josie Bassett lived a long adventurous life, dying in 1963.

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Other Books

by Linda Wommack

Cripple Creek, Bob Womack and The Greatest Gold Camp on Earth

On October 20, 1890, Bob Womack struck gold and staked his El Paso mining claim at Poverty Gulch, which eventually ignited the greatest gold rush in Colorado's history.

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Colorado's Historic Churches

Colorado's houses of worship reflect the same trademark resourcefulness and fortitude that the pioneers and history makers demonstrated throughout the state's history.

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Haunted Cripple Creek and Teller County

Home to the last gold rush in America, Teller County attracted a slew of peculiar characters. And many never left.

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Ann Bassett
Colorado's Cattle Queen

This is the first full-length biography of an extraordinary woman in Colorado's history. She knew outlaws such as Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and became lifelong friends with Elza Lay.

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Murder in the Mile High City
The First Hundred Years

Denver has seen its share of violence and mayhem. Linda Wommack, aided by fellow writer and researcher Linda Jones, describes forty-two riveting murder cases that made headlines during Denver's first century.

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Historic Colorado Mansions & Castles

The majestic homes of Colorado's yesteryear and the families who lived in them.

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Colorado's Landmark Hotels

The fascinating stories of thirty Landmark classified Colorado hotels for travelers and history buffs.

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Our Ladies of the Tenderloin: Colorado's Legends in Lace

Colorado's soiled doves are brought to life through in-depth research and never before published photographs.

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From the Grave: A Roadside Guide to Colorado's Pioneer Cemeteries

An essential tool for any who wish to find the final resting places of Colorado's founders and forefathers.

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Cripple Creek Tailings

Small vignettes of the people who were part of the "Greatest Gold Camp on Earth."

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Colorado Gambling: A History of the Early Days

Includes such colorful and famous gamblers as Doc Holliday, Soapy Smith, Luke Short and others.

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Colorado History for Kids

Written with the help of Mrs. Graf's 4th grade class. Includes illustrations drawn by the students themselves.

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About

Linda Wommack, a Colorado native, feeds her passion for history in activity with many local and state preservation projects, participating in historical venues, including reenactments and portrayals of historic women in Colorado history. Through her speeches, hosting tours, and community involvement, she strives to keep the history alive. She is a member of both the state and national Cemetery Preservation Associations, the Pikes Peak Heritage Society, and the Gilpin County Historical Society.

First published in 1990, Linda’s work has been seen in several local and national publications. She has contributed articles for True West Magazine and has been a Contributing Editor since 1994. She writes the “Collections” museum feature for each issue of Wild West Magazine, an assignment she accepted with enthusiasm in 2006. Linda also has been among the talented writers of the nation’s oldest continuing newspaper, The Tombstone Epitaph, since 1994.

Along with her books relating to Colorado history, Linda has contributed to two anthologies related to the Old West and Western Americana. As a historical consultant, her work has been included in several historic projects including documentation and oral histories of the Sand Creek Massacre, a historic perspectous of Riverside Cemetery, Denver's oldest existing cemetery, and provided critical historic aspects for the Lawman & Outlaw Museum in Cripple Creek, which opened in 2007. Linda has been a member of the national Western Writers of America for over 15 years, where she has served as a judge for the acclaimed national Spur Awards in Western Americana literature for eight years. As a member of the Wild West History Association, she serves as co-chairman of the Archives department, as well as editor of the Association’s web site. She is also a member of Women Writing the West, hosting local quarterly meetings to promote and encourage women writers.

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