Middlegate, Nevada: Shoe Tree - Chopped Down, RebornThe Shoe Tree, where hundreds of discarded sneakers and other footwear had been tossed, was cut down by vandals on Dec. 30, 2010. New trees reported sprouting nearby.
Shoe Tree: A memorial service was held this weekend at the murdered shoe tree of Middlegate, Nevada. Hundreds of people attended, some driving many hours and miles. [02/15/2011] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About Shoe Tree - Chopped Down, Reborn
As my wife and I drove east on U.S. 50 last month, approaching the junction with Nevada Hwy 722 just east of Middlegate, I asked, "I wonder where the shoe tree was before it was cut down?" and then my wife shouted, "There it is!" We turned around and went back for a look. I believe that the shoes have been moved from the old, now-gone shoe tree to two trees that stood to its left.[Rocky F., 06/12/2013]
Thank you for letting everyone know about this. We like the ominous threat of it: for every Shoe Tree that's cut down, two more will rise in its place.
I can't believe someone cut this tree down. I am a little surprised at how sad I felt when I read it. As a kid, we would stop and eat lunch here every summer on our way to and from Oregon. Some people have no respect, or maybe they just don't realize the memories that people hold.[Jennie, 02/05/2011]
Yes, the Shoe Tree was cut down by vandals, and if they ever catch the vandals, they should be hung in a tree and then we could start a vandal tree. People like that have no respect for anything. That tree had a lot of history.[JB, 02/01/2011]
Someone cut down the Highway 50 shoe tree by Middle Gate Nevada in the middle of the night on December 30. It is a sad day![Tammy Sandvik, 01/04/2011]
The shoe tree was reportedly a favorite of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, whose family had personally contributed several pairs of shoes to its branches. He said he was "devastated" when he read that the tree had been chopped down.