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

The new shoe tree is alive and well. We met two other families there and we all enjoyed taking pictures and throwing our shoes into the tree.

You can't appreciate the shoe tree until you see it in person. Even my 14-year-old was impressed, after initially rolling her eyes when I told her about it. Pro tip: use a sharpie to write your name and date on your shoes before you throw them.

[John Lescenski, 06/18/2019]

Shoe trees.

Shoe Tree: Chopped Down, Reborn

Shoe tree and Middlegate Station. Wow. A lot of shoes. Stop in Middlegate (1 mile away) for great burgers.

[John, 05/20/2019]

Shoe Tree, 2002.

Shoe Tree

While going through some old 35mm prints I found September 28, 2002, pics of the Middlegate Shoe Tree in its full glory!

[Candace S., 01/09/2018]

Morons chopped down the tree in 2010, but new shoes quickly sprouted from a tree nearby.

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]

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