Visit the Shoe Tree of Middlegate

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Added by Alex Anderson

The Middlegate Shoe Tree is a unique stop on "The Loneliest Road In America" US-Hwy 50. Its a great photo opportunity and just a mile away from the famous Middlegate Station Bar, where you can try the Middlegate Monster Burger Challenge!

Normally I wouldn't agree with thousands of shoes hanging from a beautiful tree, but the story behind the Middlegate Shoe Tree is too meaningful not to enjoy. The legendary story states that a young newlywed couple was camping under the tree one night and got into an argument. When the woman threaten to leave, the young man tied her shoes together and threw them up in the tree so the young woman couldn't leave. The man decided to go blow off some steam at the famous Middlegate Station Bar, just down the road. After a couple beers and a stern talking to by the local bartender, the man returned to apologize to his wife. They rekindled their love, agreed never to fight like that again and lived happily ever after. The tree has now become a spot for travelers and locals alike to show their love for each other and make a wish by throwing their shoes in the tree. The tree is a unique stop and great photo opportunity for anyone traveling down US-Hwy 50 between Middlegate and Cold Springs, Nevada. After you throw a wish in the tree, stop at the Middlegate Station for their "Middlegate Monster Burger Challenge" and win a free shirt if you finish. The Shoe Tree is just off the hwy and has a small parking lot and sign. The tree is only a mile east of Middlegate, Nevada, which is about 50 miles east of Fallon, Nevada on US-Hwy 50.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • A Pair of Shoes
  • A Large Appetite
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Chillin, Photography

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Year Round


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

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Added by Alex Anderson

I grew up hunting and fishing the back woods of Louisiana all winter, and backpacking the mountains all summer. I try to spend every free moment skiing, backpacking, fishing or finding an adrenaline rush!

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