Bass Reeves – U.S. Marshall, wore a black mask ALL the time. Rode a grey horse. Gave folks silver dollars to remember him by. Utilized Native American trackers. And sent his prisoners to Detroit, where the Lone Ranger was first conceived. It may be pushing things a bit, but there’s just enough that I can buy it that this guy might have been the inspiration for the Lone Ranger.
3,000 criminals arrested. He even arrested his own son for murder. Interesting to note he also did undercover work, disguises. Quite fascinating bit of history.