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Was NE Texas' Bass Reeves The Inspiration For The Lone Ranger?

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Carol Taylor, chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says Bass Reeves, a former slave, became the first U.S. deputy marshal in Texas and may have been the model for the fictional Lone Ranger radio and TV character. Reeves arrested more than 3,000 fugitives, many of whom went to a federal prison in Detroit, where radio station WXYZ originated "The Lone Ranger" as a radio show in 1933.

John Mark Dempsey is the host of the public interest program The Blacklands Café from KETR News. Dempsey is also the play-by-play announcer for Commerce Tigers Football on 88.9 FM and on ketr.org.