132 year old rifle found propped against a tree

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132 year old rifle found propped against a tree

Post by Rand » Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:24 pm

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.
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Re: 132 year old rifle found propped against a tree

Post by RayA » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:13 pm

Reminds me of something similar... many years ago I was hiking in a watershed area, and came upon a hollow tree near a small stream. Out of curiosity, I looked in the hollow, and saw a rusty shotgun hidden in it. After removing it from the tree, I saw that there was no wooden gunstock left, but noticed that there was a length of wire wrapped around the trigger, one end hanging free. I figured someone had the gun set up with a trip wire for some reason, then hid the gun in the tree and left it there. Pretty gruesome thing to contemplate.

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Re: 132 year old rifle found propped against a tree

Post by Rand » Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:09 pm

A booby trap left over from the Prohibition?

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Re: 132 year old rifle found propped against a tree

Post by mdvaden » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:08 pm

Read that earlier today.

They don't know how it got there, so it could be "frozen in time" about as much as a Leatherman tool someone left behind 2 years ago.

Still makes an interesting story though.

I recall finding a rifle stock floating in driftwood in the Columbia River back in the 1980s. It literally looked like driftwood and lost all the finish and had the same bleach weathered look to it.
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Re: 132 year old rifle found propped against a tree

Post by Erik Danielsen » Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:20 pm

Given that it's a juniper in an arid spot, someone could have propped it up there the day it was manufactured. If it were a swift-growing tree that would have grown around it, we'd have some clues, but in this case there are so many unknowns. Perhaps the story is more interesting for the wide range of possible narratives one could imagine for it.

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Re: 132 year old rifle found propped against a tree

Post by Larry Tucei » Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:53 pm

Wow that is really fascinating that it remained undiscovered all these years. I would love to find something like that. Larry

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Re: 132 year old rifle found propped against a tree

Post by Don » Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:31 pm

Certainly speculative!
The weathering of the rifle's stock sure looks authentic...
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Re: 132 year old rifle found propped against a tree

Post by PAwildernessadvocate » Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:44 pm

Probably not as old as that rifle, but here's some items I found grown into a maple tree at the edge of an old logging or CCC camp in the Hickory Creek Wilderness Area in Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest a couple of years ago. Frozen in time!
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