Juntura, Oregon: Shoe Tree

One of dozens of similarly chosen trees scattered across America, into which people feel compelled to hurl their shoes. Original tree destroyed in 2010, but another tree just down the road assumed the role.
Address:
US Hwy 20, Juntura, OR
Directions:
On US Hwy 20 about 17 miles east of Juntura or 16 miles west of Harper, between mileposts 206 and 207, on the north side, in a small dirt turnout next to Gold Creek.
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Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

Very nice tree.

[Martina, 06/17/2018]

This tree was chosen by shoe-hurlers to replace another tree, just to the east, that was destroyed in 2010. The People must have their shoe trees!

Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

The Shoe Tree LIVES! Just drove past it today; it was a lovely WTF moment. Hwy 20, Gold Creek, before mile marker 208 on the north side.

[Lew Brown, 10/04/2016]

Shoe tree.

Shoe Tree - Lucky's Shoes

My husband pointed out the Shoe Tree to me on a trip to Payette, Idaho to visit our son-in-law in May of 2002. My husband passed away in late 2002. I looked forward to stopping by the tree on my trips to see our kids. I took a pair of my husband's boots on a trip to Idaho and the grandkids painted the boots and put a special reminder of their Grandpa on the boots and we hung them on the Juntura Shoe Tree. His name was Lucky and we snapped pictures of the shoes.

Sure miss that old tree and am looking forward to finding the new one in that area so we can put another pair of Lucky's boots among the branches.

[Brenda Gay, 06/03/2011]

Shoe Tree - 2005.

Shoe Tree

The shoe tree in Oregon was burned down by vandals mid-2010. I'm sad, my family would stop there every year at least once on the way to CA from WA, sometime mid spring - mid summer it was burned down. It's a shame, nothing fun seems to last anymore. A favorite landmark is gone forever.

[Danielle Goforth, 01/05/2011]

Bill Nyfeler sent this 2005 view of the Juntura Tree in all its glory.

Wannabe shoe tree.

Shoe Tree

I emailed a letter to my friends lamenting the fact that I could not find the shoetree on Rt 20 in Eastern Oregon. To my surprise, I got a response from my friend Judy (a woman who can find anything) with a link to RoadsideAmerica.com....

So, while I am so sad about the shoe tree, I am also happy to know what happened, and that I am not crazy.

Here are photos shot in Oct. 2008 of the three new shoetree wannabe sites along the same stretch of road.

[Mindy Cambiar, 11/04/2008]

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