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Middlegate, Nevada: Shoe Tree: Chopped Down, Reborn

The tree, where hundreds of discarded sneakers and boots had been tossed, was cut down by vandals on Dec. 30, 2010 -- but new footwear quickly sprouted from a "sister shoe tree" nearby.

US Hwy 50, 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

Roadside tree onto which visitors can toss pairs of shoes, to leave their mark on the Loneliest Road in America. The original tree now lies in a gully; the new tree stands proud and is covered in shoes!

[Cindy, 10/31/2023]

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.

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