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Re: Bass Reeves ~ The Lone Ranger

I appreciate the confidence you and Art have in me but the truth is, Robert, that my cousin, Howard Edwards, realized that the photo was of Beckwourth, not me. I only questioned the story because of the detail it offered about Detroit, which was implausible. As far as I know there was no federal prison in Detroit, although there is a federal correctional facility in Milan, 40 miles from Detroit and much closer to Ann Arbor, but it would not have existed when Reeves was alive. Frankly, it made no sense to send felons from Arkansas and Oklahoma to Michigan back then. It looks like some one picked up on the suggestion that Reeves' life may have served as a model for the fictional character, The Lone Ranger, and embellished it. Reeves' life on its own was fascinating, and certainly didn't need the extra detail.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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