An Odd Monument to Shoes. Does Anyone Understand the Significance of the Shoes in the Tree? I've Seen this in Other Places..

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Margherita-Italy on October 21, 2007

Congratulations for the picture, and thanks for the comment to my photo. Cheers, Greti

© Michael Hatten htt… on October 21, 2007

Thank you Margherita,


Tseno Tanev (цено та… on October 29, 2007

...and bout shoe trees look what i found... and this one says that it means something like i was here or i made it to here ... .o)

© Michael Hatten htt… on October 29, 2007


WOW! Thanks for the compliments! I'll check on that website about shoe trees. Thanks!!


MaxFarrar on March 5, 2008

Very nice shot. I saw this ShoeTree in Apr 06 and took a few photos which I'm uploading today (5 Mar 08). I saw a ShoeTree further east on Hwy 20 that same trip, but didn't stop. Wish I had. There are already some photos of that one in G-E. But now, with the passage of time, I am not sure exactly where along Hwy 26 this tree of yours was. Are you pretty sure of the location? I am going to upload my shots to your location, but do you think we'll have to move them someday.

© Michael Hatten htt… on March 5, 2008


When I first set the location Google Earth Resolution was alot lower than now. So I have updated the location in PanOramio. Now I might be wrong on the location but I'm atleast 80% sure. There is another shoe tree about 2 miles east on 26 on the right side.

Thanks for the Compliments..


MaxFarrar on March 5, 2008

I saw the other blue dot on Hwy 26 a couple miles East after I messaged you, but I'll go with your location. The only way to tell for sure I guess is to drive out there and take another look at it. But I think your location is pretty good. After all, what are a few miles, more or less, in the vast void of Central Oregon. Talk about voids. I'm going to upload some shots of another one I saw a few weeks later on Hwy 50 about 75 miles west of Austin, NV. There are a few pix of it already in G-E.

stevenmi on October 12, 2009

Your posted location is very close. As per meaning...I think it means, "I have no class and little appreciation of the beauty of the Earth, I think I'll trash it some. This looks like a good spot."

© Michael Hatten htt… on October 13, 2009


Yes I've wondered about the environmental impact. There was a tree along the Cascade lakes Hwy filled with shoes, Skis and such. The tree was shorter and it was easier to remove them. It was clean a few years ago but I see it now filling back up..

Thanks for the comment..


mond5004 on November 7, 2009

Awesome! I saw this tree when I was about 10 years old back in the summer of '94. I think the whole shoes in the tree thing started as a way to say "I make it to this the mddle of nowhere."

cowbilly on May 28, 2011

this is a tongue-in-cheek joke usually done by local high school kids and referred to as a "pair", (pear) tree. There is another one between John Day and Prairie City, Or.

© Michael Hatten htt… on May 28, 2011

Pair Tree hehe! Sad and funny at the same time.. Thanks Cowbilly for the comment... on April 5, 2014

I'm retired John Day Fossil Beds Ranger/Interpreter and historically this was a Sacred prayer tree of Shoshoni and if tree caught your token - the pray was answered. However,new tennis shoes is monkey see monkey do.

I noticed your shoe tree photo looking for Trapper John Day grave (Feb. 16th,1820)in area. I am publishing his life story next month 5 2014. My 40 years of research led me to his long lost grave! Wish me luck!!

© Michael Hatten htt… on April 6, 2014 Thanks for the information on the prayer tree. I am familar with the concept of prayer ties being attached to trees. but I get what your saying.. Good luck on your publication next month. I hope it goes great! Michael...

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