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Friday, April 21, 2017


Feeling Rebloggy
In 1838, Bass Reeves began life as a slave in Crawford County, Arkansas. During the Civil War he accompanied his master — Colonel George Reeves — as the Colonel joined the Confederate Army. After hearing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Bass proclaimed himself to be a free man and escaped.
His flight landed him in Oklahoma Territory, where he was embraced immediately by the Cherokee. It was here that he learned to ride, track, shoot, and speak five Native American languages fluently — all skills that would serve him well.

...The Oklahoma City Weekly Times-Journal reported, “Reeves was never known to show the slightest excitement, under any circumstance. He does not know what fear is.”

...Reeves was also famous for his cunning disguises. While in pursuit of two criminals he discovered them hiding in a cabin that would be difficult to approach safely. He shot three holes in his hat, changed into tattered clothes, and hid his handcuffs in a bag. 

He tied up his horse out of sight and walked up to the cabin, appearing exhausted. Reeves told a tale of harrowing escape from the custody of U.S. Marshals. The two bad guys were mesmerized as Reeves showed them the bullet-riddled hat, confirming the tale. The gullible criminals invited him to join them in their next planned robbery.
While the wanted men slept Reeves quietly handcuffed both of them, and then let them sleep through the night. In the morning he told them he’d let them sleep so they would be rested for their long ride back to the jail in Fort Smith.

Do you know what one of Bass' calling cards was? Reeves handed out silver dollars sometimes which Hollywood appears to have jazzed up a little by having the disguise loving white-washed hero on the television show THE LONE RANGER hand out silver bullets instead. 

The story described above is one of many. And it is why most people have no doubt at all that Bass Reeves is the man THE LONE RANGER was based on  --despite what link above says and repeated white Hollywood decisions to make the LONE RANGER white in movies and also make Tonto out to be the fool.  

However, things are looking up for the real LONE RANGER. Last year, the television show TIMELESS recognized Reeves as being "the real" LONE RANGER and he even comes up against famous outlaw Jesse James.