"...Researchers at Great Basin National Park are trying to unravel the
mystery behind a 132-year-old rifle found leaning against a juniper
tree in the remote park 300 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
No one knows how long the Winchester Model 1873 sat there, or who
might have left it. All they know so far is that the lever-action
repeating rifle was manufactured and shipped by Winchester in 1882,
one of more than 25,000 made that year of what came to be known as
the gun that won the West.
Very good. Thanks.
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I left an antique light bulb in my bedroom closet in 1962/ But my
mother sold our house in 1966 while I was away, and I forgot to tell her
to get the bulb. The chain for the light fixture in the closet was
broken, so I thought that was a good place to store it. It had a point
on the end. It's not 132 years, only 48. Do you think it's still
How fast do Juniper trees grow?
If a rifle was left against a tree 100 years ago, the tree would have
long either engulfed the rifle or pushed it aside. Although from the
photo it looks to be partially engulfed, it seems unlikely to me it's
been there more than a few decades.
Not necessarily in the dry country--stuff grows very slowly in harsh
I'd certainly not jump to any conclusion it couldn't have been there for
quite a long time, indeed, altho all the article notes is the date of
manufacture, _not_ when it was left.
Living in an area dry but not so dry as most of NV I have no trouble at
all believing it.
As for slow-growing, there was a wisteria planted at the base of the old
wind-charger tower by grandparents in the early '20s when it was
erected. After 40 year or so, it had reached about 20-ft in height.
That was my knowledge of wisteria. In TN, we had a deck off the rear of
the new house built on a pretty good slope so the rear of it was almost
15-ft from the ground to the railing and left all that area exposed
underneath. I built in a trellis for shade leaving a couple of
walk-thrus between the deck posts and planted a wisteria at each corner
and the middle thinking in 10 yr or so it would about cover up the area.
Needless to say, in _that_ environment, it was trying to cover the
house in less than five and had to remove it entirely.
Just sayin'...if you haven't experienced the difference that the
tougher environment can make and expect growth as it occurs back where
it rains and is much more temperate, you really can't grasp how tough it
is and how slow/stunted things can be/are in comparison...
The closeup of the Winchester logo shows some significant corrosion. There
are a lot of old mining sites where they left the equipment and tools back
in the late 1800's and the stuff doesn't look any worse.
Do a Google search for the article in the LA Times. Better pictures and
you'll believe that gun has been there a loooooooooooong time. Looks
like they had to wrap the stock with plastic to keep it from falling
apart after sucking up what little water it may have been exposed to
over the years.
I live in a semi-arid climate with approximately the same annual
precipitation as the lower parts of the Great Basin National Park. Some of
the areas I hike were clear cuts that were replanted over 25 years ago. The
ponderosa pines are about 6' high. Between poor soil and little water they
will be merchantable in a hundred years or so.
And that's in places with enough elevation and precipitation to even support
trees. The south facing slopes and valleys are short grass prairies left to
their own devices.
If you want a pine plantation, head for Georgia or the Pacific North Wet.
The new sapling would bend away from that load . What (apparently) most of
y'all don't understand is just how slowly those Juniper trees grow in that
climate . That tree is likely over 250 years old - yes , they grow that
slowly out there .
I grew up on the high mountain desert of northern Utahaha , and it would
amaze you just how many growth rings you'd find on even a relatively small
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