The famous “shoe tree” located in northern Nevada was cut down by unknown vandals on New Year’s Eve.
According to reports, it is believed that one of Nevada‘s famous landmark was chopped down late Thursday or early Friday and authorities said that they found fresh sawdust over the snow.
The shoe tree is a famous landmark of U.S. Highway 50, the loneliest road in America, where travelers throw their shoes into its branches over the years.
Many people were shocked by the news that the 70-foot cottonwood near Middlegate was chopped down. The popular tree helps out business because a lot of travelers make a pit stop at the shoe tree. Visitors are amazed by the hundreds of shoes hanging on the trees’ branches.
Angry residents and visitors came out to see the shoe tree and hopes that authorities can find the person or people behind the vandalism.
The local residents will be having a memorial for the shoe tree on February 13.
According to a legend, the first shoes was thrown by an angry groom who got into an argument with his bride during their wedding night. The groom threw her shoes into the tree. A year later, the young couple returned to hang their baby’s first pair of shoes into the tree.