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Did they ever stay in a hotel?


It seems like they always slept out on the range. Anyone recall an episode where they stayed in town at a hotel?

Once they showed them sleeping and the Lone Range was sleeping with his mask on. Makes you wonder that after a while he would have tan lines on his face. :-)

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I've watched almost all of the episodes many times, I do not remember them ever staying at a hotel. As for the tan line if he never took off his mask what difference would it make? I saw him up close and personal with his mask. His face did look tan but I didn't see any tan line because he had on the mask. I'm sure when using different disguises he compensated:-) KAS

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I always wondered what they did in the winter. Then, as a little kid will, decided that they didn't have winter where they lived.

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I have often wondered why during the American winter they never wore winter clothes!

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They once did take a hotel room together, under the name "Mr. and Mrs. Ranger," and a mob with pitchforks ran them out of town, saying, "We don't want your kind here!"

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Two years later, but I had to put in my 2 cents. Do you really think any hotel of that time would've accepted Tonto as a guest?

May I bone your kipper, Mademoiselle?

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Tonto?!? How about that masked outlaw who always caused absolutely everyone to have a panic attack at the mere sight of him!

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I always got nervous when Tonto went into any town to buy supplies, contact the sheriff or get information. I was sure somebody would beat him up, or worse.

As for places to stay, I've been rewatching the show on COZI TV in the morning and realized that with all the people they've helped, LR & Tonto probably had a whole network of grateful ranchers, farmers or lawmen who could put them up if the need arose.

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Ha, I think a lot of LR fans have had the same thought.

More than one comedian, not to mention MAD Magazine, has gotten mileage out of reconsidering the LR/Tonto relationship in a more realistic light.

Does "What you mean 'we', Kemo Sabe?" ring a bell? 😉

I admit I've never seen a serious, reliable account of how individual Indians mingled, and were treated, by white townsfolk in the period where the series is set.

But even thoughtful, humane icons like Mark Twain had a strongly prejudiced-- i.e. low-- opinion of Indians.

To be fair, the series did show poor Tonto putting up with a lot of demeaning, racist crap from both outlaws and solid citizens. And the series deserves credit for "preaching" the virtues of tolerance, civility, respect, and fair play for all law-abiding people.

But, all things being equal, it seems extremely unlikely that Tonto would be well-received, or even respected, when he's running errands or following orders on the Lone Ranger's behalf. Exactly as you say, he'd be treated with suspicion, contempt, and derision, or worse.

And, sad to say, he definitely wouldn't have been allowed to stay in a "decent" hotel in that era, with or without the Lone Ranger-- unless, maybe, the LR insisted that Tonto is his "manservant", and Tonto ditched his usual garb and wore suitable white man's clothes for the occasion.



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Perhaps in one of the more cosmopolitan cities such as San Francisco, and if he was obviously very "Americanized" with lots of money and dressed in upper-class (white) American clothing.

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Well if Indians were important enough some hotels would take them as guests.

I remember reading in an online book a few years ago, in 1877 a delegation of Sioux chiefs came to Washington, DC to met the new President.

Remember, in those days there was strong rivalry between the US Army and the Indian Bureau, part of the Department of the Interior, for control over relations with Indians, so to many army officers whoever was the Secretary of the Interior at the time was the archenemy of the army.

Anyway, someone had selected a new hotel for the Sioux delegation to stay at, and some of the chiefs, maybe Spotted Tail or Red Cloud, complained to General Crook that they preferred the hotel they were used to staying in during previous visits, and General Crook quickly went to see Carl Schurtz, Secretary of the Interior, and they quickly arranged to have the chiefs transferred to the hotel they preferred.

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which episode was this?

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