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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Shoe Tree

On the way to the Salt Flats in Utah, made a stop in Middlegate, Nevada. On the lonely Hwy 50. The shoe tree was spectacular. I saw new shoes, old shoes, all colors and styles.  I found a few different stories on how this tree evolved on the Internet. There is also the theory that you leave a pair of shoes and take a pair. I love that the tree and shoes are respected. People stop, take photos. I left wondering about those who donated their shoes.

Near Middle Gate, Nevada (which appears to be mostly a bar and a few houses). The story behind the tree goes as such: A young couple camped there on their wedding night and got into a tiff. The woman said she was gonna walk away and the man said, "If you do, you'll have to walk barefoot," and threw her shoes in the tree. Then, the man got in the car and drove to Middle Gate to have a drink at the bar. The bartender talked him into going back to his wife, which he did. A year later, they brought their first child's shoes to the tree and tossed them into the branches. Since then, people have been adding and removing shoes from the tree so that when you drive over a hill on that very desolate road, all that you can see is this cottonwood tree with shoes hanging from every branch. 


Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Good post. Thanks for including the story along with it.

Lisa said...

I am going to come back tonight.
I am so in LOVE with your images Jane.
When the babes are in bed, I have so much catching up to do.

I am also going to have to add you to my Blogs I love to read, instead of chasing your comments to find your your blog.

I am excited as I scrolled down to see many images I love.

The shoe tree = magnificent.