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Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by acupuncture4u, Jun 8, 2004.
It's on the loneliest highway in the USA.
Ahh, the Shoe Tree. Never been there but have read about it. Were those taken recently? Last pic I saw it didn't have near that many shoes.
I hear there is a bra tree also,
was taken end of April 04.
Das a lotta chus mang o
I think it is somewhere on 395 north of reno, a little north of 70
Nevada US 50 about halfway between county road 361 and 722, closer to 722 actually. North side. About 20 or so miles to the East of Sand Mountain.
We have a winner!!! Does anybody know how this got started or history behind?
Try this,http://www.roadsideamerica.com/set/shoetrees.html. Back to lurk.
That particular shoe tree has (or had) a rustic plaque on it that led me to believe it started as someones art project. See attached photo.
It is dated 1994. From there It looks like it's been added too. The clump over the parking lot looks much thicker than it did last July.
I passed that tree last August! Hey Doc, I used to live in C.V. Five Canyons.
For the really curious who haven't seen it, it is at N39 17.656' W117 59.198'. As others have mentioned, it's on Hwy 50 not too far from Nev 361. For a nice detour I highly recommend taking Nev 722 as an alternative route to Austin. Paved, but a change of pace from Hwy 50 for a few miles.
A year or two ago a friend and I saw that a hunter had tossed a pair of deer "shoes" (legs) up into the tree as well. It is definitely a strange spot!
There used to be a smaller shoe tree north of Reno on US 395. Haven't ridden through there in a couple of years though.
For a nice detour I highly recommend taking Nev 722 as an alternative route to Austin.
I second that! Took 722 last summer on the way back from Top o' the Rockies. Basically just as wide as 50 but less traffic and a nice wind through a canyon at the west end.
While we're at it headed East, check out the Printing Museum in Eureka. It's on the south side of 50, a half a block up a little incline, up behind the gas station. It's free to see. Basically the office and print shop of the old town newspaper, walls plastered with old posters back to the 1880's (I think), presses all set, stuff pinned up almost as the publisher left it when he died. Also some local mining history and a few decorated rooms, some good photos and a little history book store. Great little desert town with at least 2 good hotels.
I guess I'm coming out of lurk mode. There was an excellent place for dinner in Eureka that had an outside porch for eating and a well stocked bar. I was told by a friend that it shut down last fall. Anyone know for sure?
I was told by a friend that it shut down last fall
If that's the old red and white trimmed hotel across from the Opera House, it looked closed up last July. It was open in June 2002 when I went through then.
Attached is a pic. Jackson Hotel was the name but the sign was gone in July.
]It's on the loneliest highway in the USA.
The official "shoe tree" of Oregon is on Hwy 26, between Mitchell & John Day!
Full of cowboy boots, hiking boots & birkensocks!
The plaque says
Just a few good pairs!"
A good photo op if attending the rally in John Day.
...but pretty cool also.
This is from a little hot springs resort in the town of Arshon. You just hop on the interstate going east (mind you don't get your feet wet in the Atlantic Puddle) and when you get to Moscow, keep going east. About 3,000 miles past Moscow, hang a left at Irkutsk. Ride through a couple hundred miles of birch forest and turn right to Arshon. Stop for some smoked omul on the way around Lake Baikal, it's fantastic.
Here's another article. http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/1999/Aug-08-Sun-1999/news/11680967.html
Rode past there two years ago. Very popular "rest" stop on the Loneliest Hiway ... as evidenced by a certain distinct aroma.