William Jefferson (Ute Bill) Thompson

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 Ute Bill Thompson - Joe Kelley as Ute Bill

Ute Bill Thompson was one of the earliest white settlers in Grand County.  He was a famous hunter, trapper and rancher, and he was known for his honesty and fair play.  His wavy hair hung well beyond his shoulders.  He earned the name "Ute Bill" through his dealings with the Ute Indians, and was considered a trusted friend by the local tribes.

Joe Kelley is the professional historian of the American West for GCC.  In addition to Ute Bill, Joe occasionally plays the roles of Edward Berthoud, Charles Free, Charlie Royer, Frank Root, and William Ashley.