Gypsy Journal RV: The Shoe House

WASHINGTON — If you are driving along busy U.S. Highway 30, a few miles east of York, Pennsylvania and spot a giant shoe sitting alongside the road, don’t worry, you haven’t lost your mind. Welcome to the Shoe House!

Built in 1948 by Mahlon M. Haines, who owned a chain of shoe stores throughout the region, the unusual structure started life as an advertising gimmick and quickly became a popular roadside attraction. Haines, who liked to be referred to with the self-appointed title of “Colonel,” was a first rate hustler and self-promoter who enjoyed attention. He called himself the Shoe Wizard and there are stories of his standing up at baseball games and other sporting events and offering $20 to the first person who knew who he was.

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Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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