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Kalkaska Shoe Tree

Adorned with blooming rubber-soled foliage throughout the year, this impressive shoe tree has been an icon greeting travelers along route U.S. 131/M-66 for multiple decades.

Its exact origin is unknown, though some say it was started by students from nearby Kalkaska High School. Over the years it has grown in scale and numbers, as neighboring trees have seen overflow with their own “soleful” decorative additions. The shoe tree is popular and notable enough that it even has its own Facebook page.


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