Small town gets national attention for unusual landmark


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on July 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 6:04 PM

MILLTOWN, Ind. (WHAS11) -- It may be one of the most unusual sights you'll see in Southern Indiana. It has become a tourist attraction just outside the small town of Milltown in Crawford County. Visitors come from miles away  to see the tree with shoes.

About 40 miles northwest of Louisville just outside of Milltown Indiana, a mile past the bend in the road and just before the gravel road,  is a four way stop surrounded by trees with shoes hanging in the branches.

One man actually knows how this started.

"We had a bunch of old shoes and mom and dad said get rid of them or whatever," said John Schotter.

Schotter's  brother started the tradition back in the 1960's just to see if others would do the same.

Years later there are hundreds of sneakers, boots and high heels, some signed with messages. Rumor has it Larry Bird's shoes are hanging in these trees but it is not confirmed.

"It's made national  news, in New York and all around the world," said Schotter.

Somebody tried to sabotage the original tree, but that did not deter the locals from throwing even more shoes into trees.

It still attracts people that want to toss their shoes up into the trees.

"I see people looking at it all the time. It's a landmark. You tell them where the shoe tree is and they know where to go from there," said Schotter.