Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Shoe tree felled by vandals
The 70-foot cotton wood "shoe tree" on U.S. 50 near Middlegate, Nothern Navada was cut down by vandals on New Year’s Eve. The tree was a local landmark on the ‘loneliest road in the world,’ with hundreds of shoes, boots and sneakers left anonymously dangling from its limbs. A similar fate befell the original Mud Flat Shoe Tree, south of Altura, California in 1993. It too was cut down and in 2004, the shrunken old desert tree near Vidal, California on Hwy 62 north west of the junction with Route 177was burnt to the ground. Cheap thrills.