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
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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]

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.

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