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133-Year-Old Winchester Rifle Discovered in National Park Leaning on Tree Put on Display


What would you do if you found a random rifle while out in a national park? Chances are some may try to track down the owner or take it for themselves. But what would you do if that rifle was 133-years-old and had been leaning against a tree for the better part of that time?

On Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center of the Great Basin National Park, the National Park Service displayed a 133-year-old Winchester rifle discovered in the park over a year ago.

“It’s gotten a lot of attention,” said NPS archaeologist Eva Jensen.

Jensen found the .44-40 caliber Model 1873 rifle while surveying a remote northern area of the park Nov. 6, 2014. After briefly displaying it to the public, the park sent it to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming for further analysis.

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