This month TV Acres
pays homage to
"The Lone Ranger" was the lone survivor of six
Texas rangers ambushed at Bryant's Gap by the
notorious Butch Cavendish and his
Hole-in-the-Wall gang in the 19th century.
Vowing to avenge this atrocity, the young ranger
donned a mask and called himself "The Lone
Ranger" eventually capturing the men responsible
for his fellow ranger's deaths. And from that
point on with his faithful Indian companion
Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider
of the plains led the fight for law and order in
the early West.
The Lone Ranger was a friend to decent
people everywhere. To protect them and himself,
he wore two six-shooters specially made for him.
He never shot to kill but wounded if necessary.
Silver bullets were his ammunition of choice; he
used the bullets as a means of identifying
himself to local law enforcement.
The Lone Ranger wore a black mask to
disguise his true identity. After six Texas
Rangers were ambushed by the Butch Cavendish
Gang, John Reid was nursed back to health by an
Indian named Tonto When asked what happened to
the other Texas Rangers, Tonto said "Other Texas
Rangers all dead. You only Ranger left. You lone
Ranger now." To conceal his identity from the
outlaws, the Ranger decides to cover his face
with a mask and then seek out Cavendish Gang.
The Ranger fashioned his mask from the black
vest of his dead brother Captain Daniel Reid.
As the surviving Ranger transformed into
this new identity, the voices of history could
be heard saying "There, is a light that must
have burned in the eyes of the knights in armor.
A light that through the ages lifted the souls
of strong men who fought for justice, for God."
Just then Reid proclaims "I'll be the Lone
Ranger" and pledges "For every one of those men
(his fallen Ranger colleagues) I'm going to
bring a hundred lawbreakers to justice. I'll
make that Cavendish Gang, and every criminal
that I can find for that matter, regret the day
those Rangers were killed. Tonto from this
moment on I'm going to devote my life to
establishing law and order in this new frontier
-- to make the West a decent place to live."
The Lone Ranger always wore his mask and
only removed it when he assumed a disguise.
However, the Lone Ranger once did take off his
mask for a dying woman named Grandma Frisby who
had adopted and raised the Lone Ranger's nephew,
Dan Reid. "Would you take off that mask and show
me your face," asked Grandma Frisby. As the Lone
Ranger does so, the old woman said "It's a good
face, yes, a good face."
The Lone Ranger's trademark silver bullets
were made from the silver ore taken from a mine
once owned by his brother Captain Daniel Reid,
who was killed by the Cavendish Gang. An old
retired Ranger named Jim Blane worked the silver
mine (located under an old cabin) and fashioned
the silver ore into the Ranger's bullets, which
he used sparingly. He chose silver as his medium
to emphasize that silver, like life, was
precious and should not be wasted. Tonto advised
the Lone Ranger to use silver bullets because
Tribal chiefs used silver tips on their arrows
to make them fly straighter and longer and
because "Silver is pure...it has been a symbol
of justice since the year of the sun."
The silver bullets became a symbol of justice
to all honest men and a cause of fear to the
lawbreakers. The Ranger’s silver mine would be
the basis of the fortune that built the Reid
publishing empire run by Britt Reid, the
crusading editor and publisher of The Daily
Sentinel who donned a similar mask to battle
crime as "The Green Hornet" in the Twentieth
When the Lone Ranger finished helping those
in need he rode off into the sunset never asking
for thanks or reward. As he galloped away he
could be heard shouting "Hi Yo Silver Away! to
his trusty white horse Silver. Inevitably, some
onlooker would pose the question "Who was that
masked man?" and someone on the scene was glad
to tell them "Why that was...The Lone Ranger."
TV Acres is proud to acknowledge the courage
and the selflessness of the Lone Ranger and
hopes that children in generations to come will
take up his cause for justice to make the world
a better place. TV Acres ranks The Lone Ranger
as one of the finest "Heroes in TV History"
The Lone Ranger's Creed:
"I believe that
to have a friend, a man must be one. That all
men are created equal and that everyone has
within himself the power to make this a better
world. That God put the firewood there but
that every man must gather and light it
himself. In being prepared physically,
mentally and morally to fight when necessary
for that which is right. That a man should
make the most of what equipment he has. That
'This government of the people, by the people
and for the people' shall live always. That
men should live by the rule of what is best
for the greatest number. That sooner or
later... somewhere ...somehow ...we must
settle with the world and make payment for
what we have taken. That all things change but
truth...and that truth alone...lives on
forever. In my Creator...my country...and my
The Lone Ranger
character was created by Fran Striker and
George W. Trendle and debuted on WXYZ Detroit
radio on January 30, 1933 and ran until
episode No.2596 entitled "Cold Spring
Showdown" that aired on September 3, 1954. The
television adaptation ran on ABC-TV from
September 15, 1949 through September 12, 1957.
During the 1952-54 season, John Hart played
the role of the Lone Ranger. Clayton Moore
played the Lone Ranger for the majority of the
TV series run. Jay Silverheels played the part
of Tonto, The Lone Ranger's faithful Indian