Josie Bassett: frontier woman, outlaw, badass

In my research on Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch for the limited edition soap release, ahem, tomorrow, I found out about Josie Bassett, January 17, 1874 – May 1, 1964 (which means she was born 100 years and 363 days before I was, if my math is correct). Josie was amazing because...
  • she was one of the famed "Bassett Sisters" who helped out the Wild Bunch frequently (and was romantically involved with them off and on)
  • her and her sister's association with many famous (and deadly) outlaws meant neighboring ranchers trying to run the ladies off their land couldn't hire anyone to do their dirty work, and even the local police wouldn't convict them of various crimes of which they were accused (mostly rustling)
  • Josie was one of five women allowed at the "Robber's Roost"
  • she was married five times. Four ended in divorce, which was not common at the time (rumor says she even ran one off with a frying pan), and one ended when he died of alcoholism (or maybe poison)
  • her hospitality and kindness was legendary, and she invited everyone (even law enforcement) in for tea and biscuits.
  • during the Great Depression, she took care of families in need, killing off and selling her own cattle. At one point, she camped out in her own yard so a family could use her cabin.
  • she made her own SOAP (and clothes and pretty much everything else)
  • the cabin where she lived until she died (in 1964) had no running water or electricity
  • during Prohibition (and after), she ran a small bootleg whiskey and brandy distilling business for cash, even though she didn't drink
  • since skirts were troublesome, she wore pants. since long hair got caught in brambles and stuff, she cut it all off.
  • you can visit her cabin at the Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.
  • she lived until she was 90.

I love reading about these characters. She seems like she was a real neat person.

More photos hopefully coming soon as I find out if they are in the public domain.

Previous article Best Subscription Box Reviews


Our newsletter is unparalleled in awesomeness!

Subscribe here and find out what all the fuss is about:
* indicates required


Have an idea for a blog post that I could write? We're always looking for ideas! Submit your idea here!

Related Posts

A Blazin' Western story...
A Blazin' Western story...
You've been riding hard since the ambush. You knew the canyon was a risky route, but it was going to shave a good fou...
Read More
I'm sorry: The shaving soap will not be available after all
I'm sorry: The shaving soap will not be available after all
We had such high hopes. After all, a couple years ago, we had shaving soap and not only did it sell out in just a few...
Read More
Our 2019 Father's Day Gift Guide!
Our 2019 Father's Day Gift Guide!
Whether your dad is more like John Wayne or more like John Muir, we've got the perfect gift! #1 Father's Day Gift: Bl...
Read More

Leave a comment

* Required fields



Here's what customers are saying...