Robbers Roost

Robbers Roost
Filming for the Documentary

Thursday, April 11, 2013

This aint no ordinary Outlaw....

Ann Bassett, also known as Queen Ann Bassett, was a prominent female rancher ( and Cattle rustler) of the Old West. She was raised in Brown's Park, it was known as a haven for Outlaws such as Butch and Sundance during the late 19th century, it is now the location of a National Wildlife Refuge. Ann could out ride and shoot with any man. As a young woman she ran more than one herd over a cliff. Later as she realized their value and she stole her fair share of cattle.

She and her sister Josie Bassett, were considered female outlaws and girlfriends to several of Cassidy's 
                                                                 "Wild Bunch gang."

During one of Cassidy's visits to Browns Park he developed a close relationship with Ann, and it was likely during the winter of 1896-97 that she first used the alias "Etta Place". That winter Place turned up in Emery County as Cassidy's companion. Apparently the lovers shared a cabin at Robber's Roost, the famous outlaw hideout in southeastern Utah, with Elzy Lay and his new bride, Maude Davis, and other gang members. 

She was warned by Tom Hicks (Tom Horn) to leave that country for parts unknown within 30 days or be killed. Mysteriously, news of Etta Place largely disappeared after a few more rendezvous in the early 20th century with Sundance, and possibly Cassidy, south of the border (Bolivia). Etta Place remains one of the great history mysteries of the old west. The answer to the question "Who was Etta Place?" may never be known

For more information a book is about to be released and you can get it at Outlaw Stories of the Wild West. A Documentary on the whole project is being created by Mike Karr of Scene by Scene Productions and the Horses and riders were all supplied by Extreme Outlaw Rides here in Utah. If you would like to support our endeavor check out our Kickstarter Project 

1 comment:

  1. This is very interesting material. I've been trying to find factual information on Isom Dart and the Bassett ladies are helping connect the dots.