The Shoe Tree

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        Forest Service firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the Priest Lake area in Idaho Thursday evening to find a single tree engulfed in flames.

        The tree is known locally as the “shoe tree” because of hundreds of pairs of shoes that have been nailed to the trunk or hung from the branches. It was destroyed. Melting shoe rubber made the fire difficult to put out, officials said.

        The tree had been a local landmark for many years despite Forest Service officials discouraging people from adding footwear.

        “I really feel for the community’s loss of this tree. People started adding shoes to this tree as early as the 1940s, so we appreciate the history and the community’s attachment, but we would like to discourage the public from creating another shoe tree to take this one’s place,” said District Ranger Dick Kramer.




        Since the 1940's wow!! I always see shoes hanging from electrical lines. I always wonder how the heck they get them up there!

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        Oh my, that is amazing...all those shoes and some from the 40s!?!

        I wonder how it caught fire

        Lips, I just asked my husband, why people put shoes on electrical lines, and how they got them up there too...he just said because it was cool..lol doesn't explain how though

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        Wow what a story, the shoe tree, i never knew about it.. it is sad it is destroyed, but i do agree with the rangers that they should not start another one.

        Thank you for that Lips

        In gang areas the shoes are thrown on the wires to mark territory, also it can be a warning of revenge or retaliation is upcoming or has been done
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        I've also heard that shoes on wires is often an indication that a crack house is nearby. Again, probably in gang areas.
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        We have them hanging all over the place in Chicago. I remember once just for fun i wanted to see if i could throw them up on the line.......no wayyyy!n I wonder how many times it takes before it lands on the electrical line. And some of them are perfectly placed and balanced on both sides.

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