Vandals chop down famous Nevada shoe tree

The 70-foot cottonwood, a popular tourist attraction, was cut on Thursday or Friday


Associated Press
January 4, 2011 11:26PM (UTC)

Vandals in northern Nevada have chopped down the landmark "shoe tree" that was a popular stopping point for travelers on U.S. 50.

Authorities say the 70-foot cottonwood near Middlegate was cut down late Thursday or early Friday. Fresh sawdust was found on the snow.

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The Lahontan Valley News reports folks in the rural area 50 miles east of Fallon angry.

Middlegate bartender Travis Anderton says the tree drew people who'd stop to see the hundreds of shoes, boots and sneakers dangling from its limbs along the highway known as the Loneliest Road in America.

His grandmother, Freeda Stedenson, is planning a memorial at the site on Feb. 13.

The Churchill County sheriff's office is investigating.

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Information from: Lahontan Valley News, http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

FALLON, Nev. (AP) -- Vandals in northern Nevada have chopped down the landmark "shoe tree" that was a popular stopping point for travelers on U.S. 50.

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Authorities say the 70-foot cottonwood near Middlegate was cut down late Thursday or early Friday. Fresh sawdust was found on the snow.

The Lahontan Valley News reports folks in the rural area 50 miles east of Fallon angry.

Middlegate bartender Travis Anderton says the tree drew people who'd stop to see the hundreds of shoes, boots and sneakers dangling from its limbs along the highway known as the Loneliest Road in America.

His grandmother, Freeda Stedenson, is planning a memorial at the site on Feb. 13.

The Churchill County sheriff's office is investigating.

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Information from: Lahontan Valley News, http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com


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