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BOOTS CREEK SIGN
Near Gillam, Manitoba
Contributed by Chantal Doiron of Gillam, Manitoba, Canada

A distant and lesser-known cousin of the genus Arbor calceorum (shoe tree) is this Arbor caligarum (boot tree) located about ten miles east of Gillam, Manitoba in Canada. The Boots Creek Sign is routinely pruned and cleaned up by the Manitoba Highway Department, making it unlike most other such "trees" found throughout North America. The MHD has found that, left to its own growth patterns, the Boots Creek Sign would, like kudzu, soon take over the roadway.

Boots Creek Sign 1
Photo by Chantal Doiron

The construction workers who frequent the nearby hydro-electric plants are reportedly the leading source of contributions to this tree. The brave correspondent who risked getting stomped while taking this evidentiary photo reports that the new additions pictured here represent the largest growth spurt since the 1970s.

Photographed by Chantal Doiron 5/19/08
Posted on RoadTrip America 5/08



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