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Release Date: 01/18/11
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Trails Center presents program, "Have Gun, Will Travel: Rifles of the Trails"

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will present a program entitled, “Have Gun, Will Travel: Rifles of the Trails.”

Springfield Repeating Rifle.
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The program, free and open to the public, is on Jan. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. The presenter is Bob Edwards, former education curator and assistant director of the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in Buffalo, and author of Guns of the Gatchell.

Edwards will display approximately 20 different rifles that were used along trails of migration and in frontier Wyoming. Edwards will also discuss the “mythic gun that won the West.”

“Some people say it was a 1873 Winchester,” Edwards said. “Other folks claim it was a Sharps buffalo rifle, or a Springfield rifle. There are various claims, and we’ll talk about it.” Edwards said he would present his unique view on this popular subject among gun enthusiasts.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

NHTIC   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 01-19-2011