Silver - Snow white stallion on the western
adventure THE LONE RANGER/ABC/1949-57.
Silver belonged to the Lone Ranger, the
famous masked rider of the plains based on the character created by Fran
Striker for radio in January 30, 1933.
In the original radio script, Texas Ranger John Reid's horse was shot in a
ambush at Bryant's Gap. When he adopted the guise of the Lone Ranger he needed
a mount and soon traveled with Tonto, his Indian sidekick to Wild Horse Canyon
where they discovered a white horse injured from a battle with a huge buffalo.
While nursing the horse back to health Tonto commented "Him like mountain of
snow...Silver white." To which the Ranger replied "Yes, Silver." Thereafter,
the beginning of the radio script intoned the popular phrases "From out of the
past comes the thundering hoof-beats of the great horse silver", "A fiery
horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo-Silver!",
and "Hi-Yo-Silver, Awaaay!"
Tonto rode double with the Lone Ranger for the first few episodes until he got
his own horse, Scout.
TRIVIA NOTE: Before Silver, Texas Ranger John Reid had a gray horse called
Pony-hoss'. In the comics, Silver's father was named Sylvan. The Lone Ranger's
nephew Dan Reid rode a horse named Victor.
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