“The old one's gone, but the new one remains!”
Like most of the Nevada greats, the legendary Shoe Tree doesn’t escape some good old-fashioned folklore. There are many versions to how and when the Shoe Tree came to being, but the most commonly known is this… Many decades ago, a newlywed couple was returning home, traveling eastbound on Highway 50 after being married at a Reno wedding chapel. While traveling this lonely highway, the couple got into their very first argument and pulled over on the side of the road… next to an outcropping of trees. In protest, the hot-tempered woman proclaimed that she would rather walk home. The man retorted with telling her that if she wanted to walk home, she could do it barefoot – then proceeded to grab her shoes and toss them up on the nearest tree. The man angrily jumped in his car and blasted off down the highway, leaving his new bride alongside the road to follow through with her threat of walking home. He pulled over at the first bar he encountered, and began drowning his sorrows. Lucky for him [and his new wife] an upstanding bartender convinced him to return to her in an attempt to make up. He did just that, they managed to work out their sorrows, and lived happily ever after. From that point on, the couple returned to the tree on their anniversary each year, tossing a celebratory pair of shoes around the same exact tree as an emblem of their unwavering love for each other. But, imagine traveling down the Loneliest Road in America and approaching a massive cottonwood with thousands of pairs of shoes dangling from it. What would you do? Well, probably toss on a pair of your own, or some kind of relic to mark your presence. That is exactly what happened, too. A trip along Highway 50 is far from complete without lobbing a pair of sneakers over this famed tree. You too, should participate because why not?
Plenty of parking and a welcome break from the monotony that is US 50 in Nevada. Bring an extra pair of sneakers or maybe just steal your traveling companion's when they're not looking. Be sure to use caution when entering and exiting the parking area and don't rubberneck, go ahead and pull over and park. Cars on this stretch of the highway tend to really fly.
Great quick stop! Walk around for a few minutes and see the tree from different angles. It’s great with the snow-capped mountains in the background.
So cool! I threw an old pair of Converse on the tree. A rad little stop.
Well, it's the famous shoe tree! Good for a quick stop to look along the route and taking some pictures.
Very cool place! We stopped h
ere after we saw the shoe tree from the road. Nice way to break up the lonely trip. A must see. Better than the petrified forest! Nice wallpaper shot.
Despite the fact that the original "Shoe Tree" was cut down by vandals in 2011, this enormously popular attraction wouldn't die... shoes now cover two trees near where the original stood.
Fun Little stop! Perfect place to stretch the legs and see all the shoes hanging! An extraordinary sight.
Located at mile marker 70.. Hard to miss this big tree in the middle of the desert. It's a nice and fun break from hours on US 50. Good luck getting your shoes to stay in the tree, if you miss, they can join the others piled on the ground!
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The Shoe Tree
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