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GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK, Nevada — If this rifle could talk.
In a gravelly voice, it may recite a yarn of weary settlers swaying on horses’ backs in the parched, rocky Nevada wilderness. It may talk about riding in a saddle holster across neighboring Utah more than a decade before it became a state of the union.
Great Basin National Park workers found the Winchester Model 1873 propped against a tree in the desert in November.
The gun was manufactured and shipped in 1882 but little else is known about its history. It will be preserved in its current condition and put on display at the park for its 30th anniversary next year. (PHOTO: U.S. National Park Service)
Who knows how many years the rifle stood there, after someone left behind the model called “the gun that won the West.” Did they have to depart in a…
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