Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K10D ||
Aperture: f/8 ||
Exposure: 1/800th ||
ISO: 400 ||
Focal Length: 32mm
Shoe Tree - Middlegate, Nevada
Many consider this the first shoe tree in America. The legend is that a newlywed couple heading out on the loneliest road in America (U.S. 50) after getting married in Reno, got into a quarrel and threw each others shoes into this tree near Middlegate…. and to put it into modern terms, it went viral.
Unfortunately, vandals cut the tree down in 2011. It’s a bit of a sad thing, really. We saw the tree on a road trip through here in 2009. It was really the only thing to see for those 300 or so miles from Reno to Utah.
Web pages suggest another Cottonwood near this location is being used as a shoe tree, but it probably isn’t quite the same. Actually, part of what was cool was that it had seemed to me that it was the only tree in this area. It was such a desert here with this one cottonwood tree. I also remember the shoes everywhere. I guess shoes are bound to fall out, or some people just give up and don’t even bother to chase after ones that fall in the small gully near the tree.