Have you ever heard of U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves? There are those who say that he was the inspiration for The Lone Ranger. His life was extremely risqué and interesting to say the least. He was born in 1838 as a slave in Crawford County, Arkansas. After accompanying his master in joining the Civil War, he heard of the Emancipation Proclamation. He then proclaimed himself to be a free man and escaped. He became the master of disguises and ended up in Oklahoma Territory. He learned how to speak five Native American languages fluently. He was embraced by the Cherokee.
He worked as a farmer and raised his kids. He also helped to track criminals. In 1875, Judge Isaac Parker hired him as one of 200 Deputy Marshals in the Oklahoma Territory sent out to tame “Indian Country.”
A newspaper of his times reported, “Place a warrant for arrest in his hands and no circumstance can cause him to deviate.”
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