Yale, Illinois: Mug TreeA big sign identifies the Mug Tree, but with all of the mugs it's hard to miss. It was cut down, sort of, but now it's topped with a tree outhouse.
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The Mug Tree is where you can trade or leave your mugs. There is also a mailbox where you can sign a guest book. On Rt. 49, between Casey and Yale.[Cori, 09/10/2011]
A large 15 ft. tall tree stump (if you can call the remains of a large 3+ ft. diameter tree a stump) has been covered with several hundred coffee mugs and topped with an outhouse. Sitting along IL Route 49, 3/4 miles south of Yale IL. No admission fee - viewable from the highway. Sign says "Est 2003."[LV, 03/12/2011]
A tree house now sits atop the Mug Tree.[Barb Johnson, 08/22/2010]
Well okay then....
The Mug Tree was not cut down completely. The limbs were removed because of rot. During that process the mugs were removed to avoid damage to them. They have now been restored, although there may be fewer now because some were vandalized.[Ray King, 04/13/2010]
Loved the mug tree. Drove past 12/26/2009 and it is being CUT DOWN! All the mugs are gone! It is a travesty. My family and I always liked driving by and checking out the mugs.[Jim T, 01/16/2010]