Originally featured in Points West magazine in Spring 2010
Stone lintel from the Winchester factory
In 1975, the Winchester Arms Collection arrived at the then-named Buffalo Bill Historical Center under the terms of a long-term loan from the Olin Corporation. Ownership of the collection was formally transferred to the Center in 1988, and by 1991, the Cody Firearms Museum wing was added to house the objects.
This granite lintel, now here at the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, hung over the entrance to the Winchester Repeating Arms factory in New Haven, Connecticut. Chiseled from an eight-inch thick solid slab of granite, the rock itself weighs more than two tons. It is part of the Winchester Arms Collection and is the largest artifact in the firearms section of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection. 2019.1.1