Another Shoe Tree Down
During my June vacation around nine Western states, I was bummed by the loss of the shoe tree near Juntura, Oregon. But not all was lost, Roadside America reported another sneaker decorated tree near Amboy, California, on the old Route 66.
But of course, the tree fell down back in March. But the shoes were still there! Now it's a shoe bush.
Well, last week I attended Photoshop World in Las Vegas. On the way over, I cruised a part of California's Route 66. Took an entire day to go from Barstow to Vegas.
Here is my Route 66 California flickr set.
Old Trapper's Lodge
In 1941 John Ehn opened up a motel at Arvilla Avenue and San Fernando Road near Burbank Airport. In order to attract attention to his "Old Trapper's Lodge." Ehn decorated the motel with western sculptures and artifacts. Ehn did most of the sculptures. The entire site became California Historical Landmark Number 939 in 1985, but the motel was still purchased and razed by Burbank Airport.
But somehow most of the sculptures and other folk art was saved and ended up at a park on the grounds of Pierce College in Woodland Hills. No one at Pierce College has every said who allowed the historical folk art on campus, or who has been maintaining the site for years.
The site is in good shape, but many of the signs have really faded and need restoration. I found some 2005 images on Flickr where the signs were fresh and easily readable.
I bumped up the color with Topaz Detail 2. I also shot some frames with iPhone Hipstamatic app. Enjoy.