Danville, Illinois: Shoe Tree (Gone)

A tree, its branches filled with dangling shoes, was worthy hang-out-underneath-a-tree successor to the Council Elm that once stood nearby. Shoe Tree reported gone.

Ellsworth Park

Take I-74 to Danville (MLK exit), and take exit as if coming into Danville traveling East. Follow east about six miles, at this point, you will cross a bridge over a large park, this is Ellsworth, and the shoe tree is on the north side of the road. Once you come to the stoplight, there will be a large plane on your right side. Turn right here and come down the hill into Ellsworth Park, from here the tree is easily found.
Feb. 2013: Reported gone.

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Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

This Shoe Tree in Danville, Illinois stands in beautiful Ellsworth Park next to the river. The importance of this area is of interest also, as the park was once the site of a Council Elm Tree that was the primarly gathering place for many of the Indian tribes that inhabited the area. I find it quite amusing that people are once again gathering around a tree for a ceremonial reason! The tree is quite handsome, with its 30-40 some odd pairs of shoes.

[Katz, 04/08/2006]

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