STORY UPDATE -- 132-year-old Model 1873 found against a tree at Great Basin National Park has a new home.
Now there is one more good reason to swing off the normal tourist paths in southern Utah or on your way to Yellowstone, to visit an amazing park and see the rifle that has been the focus of speculation for so many people since it was found. Perhaps the "why, who and when" will never be known, but just looking at this weathered Winchester sends one's thinking into the past, speculating on the adventure or tragedy that lead to its being leaned against a slow-growing juniper tree in the deserts of Eastern Nevada.
Original story of the "Forgotten Winchester."
132-year-old Model 1873 found against a tree at Great Basin National Park.
Who hasn't dreamed about finding an old, classic rifle leaning against a tree. Perhaps with a note attached to it telling the story. Well . . .
You have to wonder about the story behind the Winchester Model 1873 recently found leaning against a tree in Great Basin National Park. The Model 1873 is the iconic rifle in the great American westward expansion, and is referred to as "The Gun That Won the West." Many people are trying to find the back story of this rifle. Was it just forgotten? Did something happen to its owner? Did a hunter leave it, intending to come back and find it, but never could?
Winchester staff writer, Scott Engen, gathered a few details provided by Nichole Andler, Chief of Interpretation at Great Basin National Park.
(This article was originally published immediately after the announcement about the rifle by the Park Service.)