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Famous Priest Lake "Shoe Tree" Destroyed by Fire

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PRIEST LAKE, Idaho — A fire has destroyed one of Priest Lake, Idaho's most famous landmarks. The famous "Shoe Tree" caught fire late Thursday night burning the thousands of shoes hanging from the branches and nailed to the trunk. The old-growth cedar tree is still standing but officials with the Idaho National Forest say it is completely destroyed and will likely die.

Forest service officials say lightning is not the cause of the fire and they are now investigating how it started. 

The forest service is asking for people to not start a new "shoe tree".

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

 

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