Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Shoe Tree, Florence, Alabama


The Times Daily [Florence, AL]
10 February 2009

Forget the fruit - this tree bears shoes

By Lisa Singleton-Rickman
Staff Writer

CHEROKEE - There's a shoe-bearing tree on the outskirts of town, alongside U.S. 72, that through the years has gained the attention of all who pass it. [...]

"I heard one child say the tree was there to provide shoes for poor people, and perhaps it has served that purpose," said Cherokee resident Martha Couch, the town's authority on shoe trees since photographing one with hundreds of shoes hanging on it in Utah three years ago.

Couch laughs at rumors that the tree, with its dozens of shoes draped over its branches, is a marker for gang turf.

"That's ridiculous to me because there are plenty of high heels and even baby shoes on that tree," she said. [...]