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.

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Shoe Tree

Yes, the Shoe Tree was cut down by vandals, and if they ever catch the vandals, they should be hung in a tree and then we could start a vandal tree. People like that have no respect for anything. That tree had a lot of history.

[JB, 02/01/2011]

Tree cut down.

Highway 50 Shoe Tree

Someone cut down the Highway 50 shoe tree by Middle Gate Nevada in the middle of the night on December 30. It is a sad day!

[Tammy Sandvik, 01/04/2011]

The shoe tree was reportedly a favorite of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, whose family had personally contributed several pairs of shoes to its branches. He said he was "devastated" when he read that the tree had been chopped down.

Shoe Tree in 2010.

Shoe Tree - Cut Down

Someone cut down the Middlegate shoe tree on Highway 50 on New Year's... very sad!

[Kevin Q, 01/04/2011]

Alex Sebastian sent "what could be the last worthy photo of the Middlegate shoe tree."

Shoe tree.

Shoe Tree

I actually have a pair of shoes in this tree. I happen to run into this tree working in Ely, NV. It's an awesome site to see. It's hard to believe that this tree could stand the weight of all these shoes.

[Kelby, 03/12/2009]

Shoe Tree.

Shoe Tree

I drive past the shoe tree near Middlegate, Nevada all the time going between Reno and Ely. [It's an important shoe tree,] based on size of tree, sheer number of shoes, and location in the middle of nowhere on America's Loneliest Highway.

[Jennifer Sigler, 04/09/2007]

Shoe Tree: Chopped Down, Reborn

Middlegate, NV
On the north side of US Hwy 50, two miles east of Middlegate.
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