Mt. Vernon, Iowa: Shoe Tree on Bad Road

Athletes throw their old shoes into the tree at the end of their sports season. A tall cottonwood in an otherwise treeless farm field. Walk to it; don't try to drive.
Address:
Bryant Rd, Mt. Vernon, IA
Directions:
Northwest of town. From 1st St. W. bear left (west) just past the football field onto Bryant Rd. Drive a quarter-mile. Park on the right at Bryant Park, then and walk (don't drive) about a half-mile further west, down the dirt road. You'll see the tree on the right.
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Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

There is a cottonwood Shoe Tree in a farm field west of Mt Vernon. The story is that athletes throw their old shoes in the tree at the end of their sports season. It is located along the abandoned Interurban Rail Line, which is now a Level B dirt road. Do not attempt to drive down this "road," or you will be laughed at when your vehicle gets stuck.

[Steve Schrader, 01/07/2019]

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