A museum in Wyoming has acquired an old pistol made famous by a masked hero of television from more than 60 years ago. The Lone Ranger’s Colt .45 is on display at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody.
The single-action revolver once belonged to actor John Hart. He portrayed the Lone Ranger in the original television series that ran from 1952 to 1954, about a masked Texas Ranger who battled injustice in the Old West. His sidekick Tonto was one of the most well-known American Indian stereotypes of all time. Hart replaced Clayton Moore in 1952 for one season when Moore demanded a higher salary.
Hart used several firearms over his acting career, but this gun is special. It features ivory grips and intricate engraving. The Powell Tribune reports the museum also has acquired autographed photos of Hart in costume and a cookbook he wrote in the 1990s. Hart died in 2009 at age 91.
A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver… The Lone Ranger! Let’s return to those thrilling days of yesteryear…
Cue the William Tell Overture.
Until next time> “never forget”