Milltown, Indiana: Shoe Tree

The original tree was struck by lightning, but don't despair -- the shoes have been spread to surrounding trees.
Address:
3826 S Devils Hollow Rd, Milltown, IN
Directions:
From Hwy 64, take Hwy 66/Milltown Rd into town. Go south on Milltown Rd as it turns into Devils Hollow Rd about three miles, just past the intersection with Pilot Knob Rd. The tree is just on the right. Or... south of Milltown a few miles. There's a small wooden post in the middle of town that points the way to shoe tree. Keep driving south, till you reach a point in the road where you can't figure out what to do (straight ahead and to the right are gravel roads, left is paved).
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Shoe Tree. Shoe Tree

After visiting the profoundly disappointing Shoe Tree in Highland Park, IN, I thought I would never get my true shoe tree experience. I am happy to report that the Milltown, IN shoe tree was worth the trek.

From what I have gathered, the charred trunk was the original shoe tree until it was hit by lightning. The tree opposite to the charred trunk appears to have become the primary shoe tree, with an impressive crop of shoes. There is also a smattering a lesser shoe trees in the area.

I contributed an old pair of Chuck Taylors.

[Jacob Krejci, 02/05/2010]
Shoe Tree

The shoe tree was not burned by someone -- it had been struck by lightning. Now the shoes have been put on surrounding trees and such. There was also some very strong wind that broke more of it off. Now there is pretty much a tall trunk left.

[Megan Hunter, 04/16/2008]
Shoe Tree. Shoe Tree

I visited the Milltown, IN shoe tree over the summer and captured some new photos which do it much more justice than the winter views. You also may be interested to know that someone burned it rather badly in the spring.

[soopageek, 10/24/2005]

HeatherJo reported that shoes have spread to surrounding trees at the 4-way stop.

Shoe Tree. Shoe Tree

A large maple tree in rural Indiana with hundreds of shoes scattered among it branches. This tree has been the recipient of these presents for years and as one passerby stated, as we were swinging our shoes for the launch, "you are making history."

[Kevin Powell, 10/29/2003]
  Milltown shoe tree.  Shoe Tree

The Legendary Shoe Tree is a famous attraction in Crawford County. Many people come each year to ornament the tree with another pair of shoes, and it is even said that former Boston Celtic Larry Bird's basketball shoes hang from this tree.

[John Beasley, 10/25/2003]

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