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Oregon Shoe Tree w / info sign | by Curt Deatherage
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Oregon Shoe Tree w / info sign

One of Oregon's 'Shoe Trees" - east of Mitchell in Central Oregon - complete with the information sign located under the tree... Shoe trees have been appearing across the country, many with no apparent reason. Some urban legends say that these shoe trees mark the territory of a drug dealer or street gang, but that's not likely the case with this one. This one is found along Highway 26 in one of the least populated parts of Oregon, east of the small town of Mitchell.

The establishment of 'shoe trees' seems to have its roots in the 1960s with the beginning of shoefiti, a dignified name for 'shoe flinging' - the practice of throwing shoes with shoelaces tied together so that they hang from overhead wires or cables. That practice is still quite visible on the southern California USMC base at Camp Pendleton, where members throw their combat boots over power lines on the day of expiration of their active duty. - the 'online guide to offbeat tourist attractions' report that there at least 76 shoe trees in the United States.

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Taken on November 16, 2008