Officials at Nevada’s Great Basin National Park said they are trying to determine the origins of a 132-year-old rifle found leaning against a tree.
Park officials said the rifle, identified by an engraving on its side as a Model 1873 Winchester manufactured in 1882, was found blending in with the colors of a juniper tree in the park and seems to have been there for “many years.” The officials wrote on the park’s Facebook page the rifle was “exposed to sun, wind, snow, and rain” and features “a cracked wood stock, weathered to grey” and the barrel has “rusted” to brown.
The park said researchers are seeking to answer questions including: “Who left the rifle? When and why it was leaned against the tree? And, why was it never retrieved?”