Middlegate, Nevada: Shoe Tree: Chopped Down, Reborn

The Shoe Tree, where hundreds of discarded sneakers and other footwear had been tossed, was cut down by vandals on Dec. 30, 2010 -- but new shoes quickly sprouted from a "sister tree" nearby.
Middlegate, NV
On the north side of US Hwy 50, two miles east of Middlegate.
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Middlegate, Nevada - Memorial For Middlegate Shoe Tree
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...

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Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

Our MINI Cooper Rally drove by the Shoe Tree, on our way to Wendover. About four hundred MINIs stopped and took pictures, and added a few pairs to the trees. We all enjoyed it very much.

[Joanie Berkwitz, 07/30/2014]

Shoe Tree.

New Shoe Tree

A new shoe tree has sprouted just east of the one that was cut down at the Station.

[tenkism, 05/26/2014]
Reborn shoe tree(s)

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.

Shoe Tree - Loss Mourned

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]

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