Most roadside attractions are tourist traps that do everything in their power to draw tourists into the town to stop at the local diner, or advertise a piece of local history.

Every time we drive to Burning Man, after hours of driving through the Great Salt Desert in Utah, we come across this:

There's no plaque, no radio station, It's illegal to even pull over and take a picture of the damn thing.  And it's stuck out in the middle of nowhere.  I always had a vague curiousity as to what it was.  I was sure it was a piece of art, but why would someone build a huge tree in the middle of the desert.

I used the internets to discover:

Metaphor: Tree of Utah |


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17 November 2007