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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Shoe Tree Remembered

The “Shoe Tree” on Highway 50 was vandalised and the 70-foot cottonwood tree was cut down sometime before New Year's Eve. The rustic landmark had become a favorite stopping place and hundreds of people flung their shoes, boots, sneakers and other footwear onto the tree. This Sunday at 2:30 p.m., local are holding a memorial service. The service will begin with ceremonial songs offered by the Native Americans. People with special meaning shoes are invited to put them in the daughter tree at the site. A plaque will be placed at the site. The “Shoe Tree Conspiracy,” is a group of Northern Nevada and Burning Man artists who believe the tree was not only a landmark but also a work of art created by each individual who added their shoes to the tree, are working to create a permanent tribute to the “Shoe Tree.”

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