...continued from yesterday (and here is the sad part of this story)
The fact that The Los Angeles Times ran that article (yesterday) points to the Shoe Tree's widespread fame and popularity. That article was also the tree's obituary. Sometime during this past New Year's Eve night - someone with a chainsaw came up to this wonderful old tree and cut her down...
That L.A. Times piece concludes (in part):
"The roadside spectacle provided Middlegate — a 17-person cluster of RVs and modest homes — with an identity, and weary drivers with a rare and towering landmark on the 280-mile stretch of highway known as the "Loneliest Road in America."
The shoe tree was something in the middle of nothing, and perhaps that's why its destruction has been so deeply felt.
On Dec. 30, under an inky sky, one vandal, or maybe more, downed the tree with a chainsaw. The roughly 80-year-old cottonwood toppled into a gully, its branches jutting out like arms trying to flag down help...
...the depth of the mourning for Nevada's cottonwood is remarkable. Facebook groups lamented the tree's "murder." "Middlegate Shoe Tree — Rest in Peace" has nearly 1,500 members. The group "The Shoe Tree Conspiracy" intends to create art, perhaps sculpture, from the cottonwood's Nikes and Keds."
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