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Winchester rifle made in 1882 found propped up against tree

ELY, Nev. - Workers found a relic of the old West hiding in plain sight last November.

Great Basin National Park workers found a 132-year-old Winchester riflepropped up against a tree.

The serial number and model name are still visible.

Given the condition of the rifle, it may have sat there unnoticed for decades - or even longer than a century.

The Cody West Firearms Museum determined the gun was made in 1882.

It's a 1873 model and was widespread between 1873 and 1916.

In that time, more than 760,000 were made.

Cultural researchers are still trying to figure out the gun's history.

They will review old newspapers and family trees to hopefully find some answers.

This rifle will become part of a display commemorating the national park's 30th anniversary next year.

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