If you were a kid in the Fifties you watched The Lone Ranger. (I think it was a federal law or something.) You didn't question it; you just watched and enjoyed the masked man and his Indian companion bring justice to the Old West. Every Fifties kid knew about The Lone Ranger and his origins. Kids nowadays? I'm not so sure.
Here's the first episode of the television series (which followed the highly popular radio series) -- the origin of The Lone Ranger, his friendship with Tonto, the origin of the silver bullets, and the evil, really no-dd Butch Cavendish and his gang.
Clayton Moore was The Lone Ranger (actor John Hart took over the role for one season when Moore was in a salary dispute with the producers; few remember Hart in the role), Jay Silverheels, a full-blooded Mohawk, was Tonto, and 6-foot, 4-inch Glenn Strange played Butch Cavendish. Movie heavy and occasional good guy Tristram Coffin played The Lone Ranger's fated brother. Actor and one-time staff broadcaster for CBS radio Gerald Mohr narrated the episode.
So with a hearty "Hi-yo silver!", let's journey back to the beginning.