90 Miles From Tyranny : The mystery of the 132-year-old Winchester rifle found propped against a national park tree

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The mystery of the 132-year-old Winchester rifle found propped against a national park tree


Archaeologists conducting surveys in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park came upon a gun frozen in time:  a .44-40 Winchester rifle manufactured in 1882. It was propped up against a juniper tree.

“They just happened to notice the rifle under the tree,” said Nichole Andler, Basin National Park’s chief of interpretation. The public will get a chance to view the rifle over the weekend.

Although staff have no idea how the rifle ended up there, “it looked like someone propped it up there, sat down to have their lunch and got up to walk off without it,” Andler said.

It’s remarkable that anyone was able to spot the gun back in November, as it had blended in so well with...
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1 comment:

  1. Just as likely that might have been there 5 years or 25, or 50. Just because it's an old gun doesn't mean it was bought and taken out to be propped up against a tree in 1882.

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