Almost a month later, I googled and learned.....Rice, Ca. was known for its Shoe Tree. For reasons unknown, it became customary for travelers on Highway 62 (also known as Rice Road) to and from the Colorado River to hang an old shoe on the tree's branches. The tree burned to the ground in 2003 in a fire of suspicious origin, after which a 'shoe garden' replaced it; a fence on which people hang shoes instead.
|see the shoe hanging from this?|