TV's Lone Ranger star hit trail for Twin Cities after show

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Turns out the Lone Ranger's stomping grounds weren't just in the Old West.

The Star Tribune reports that Clayton Moore, who played the famous masked man of justice in the classic television series from 1949 to 1957, came to Minnesota and lived in Golden Valley for a time after the show went off the air.

The famed actor's nephew, Joel Bachul, who lives in Bloomington, told the Star Tribune's Jeff Strickler that his uncle was "the Lone Ranger first and Clayton Moore second."

Buzz about Moore's time in Minnesota resurfaced with the attention surrounding the big-screen release of "The Lone Ranger" -- starring Armie Hammer as the title character and Johnny Depp as Tonto -- which opens in theaters Wednesday.

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According to Clayton Moore's daughter, Dawn Moore, the actor moved to Golden Valley at the urging of wife and Dawn's mother.

Dawn Moore told Strickler that since her mother Sally's parents lived in Minnesota, she wanted her daughter to get to know them.

Clayton Moore started Ranger Realty while in Minnesota, and according to the Star Tribune, the company focused primarily on developing the area of just north of what is now the Menard's store on Highway 394.

Despite his success in business, Moore never truly retired from playing his famed character, said Blair Tremere, a founder of the Golden Valley Hall of Fame.

The late actor was inducted into the Golden Valley Hall of Fame this year.

Tremere recalled for Strickler that in addition to playing the character for promotional gigs, Moore would don the mask while doing rope tricks in his driveway for neighborhood kids.

A native of Chicago, Moore died in Los Angeles in 1999 at age 85.

See the trailer for the classic "Lone Ranger" TV series below.

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