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LONE RANGER. The Lone Ranger, one of the most popular heroes of the earlier twentieth century, is a fictional character based on the Texas Rangers. The story goes that he alone survives an attack on six rangers by an outlaw gang on the Texas plains to become the Lone Ranger. The exact origins of the story are not certain, but the first adventures of the Lone Ranger were aired on Detroit radio station WXYZ in 1933. George W. Trendle, owner of the station, Fran Striker, writer for the show, and James Jewell, director of the show, were probably involved in fabricating the character. The popularity of the Lone Ranger resulted in nearly 3,000 radio episodes, two movie serials, two feature movies, eighteen novels, 221 television episodes, and numerous newspaper comic strips, comic books, and animated television cartoons, as well as uncountable allusions in the daily language of America.


David Rothel, Who Was that Masked Man?-The Story of the Lone Ranger (Cranbury, New Jersey: Barnes, 1976).

William C. Crider

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Handbook of Texas Online, William C. Crider, "Lone Ranger," accessed September 26, 2017,

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