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Capitol Christmas Tree Begins Journey across America


Earlier this week, the Capitol Christmas tree was cut in Payette National Forrest in Idaho. The 80-foot Engelmann Spruce will travel roughly 2,500 miles to its final destination in Washington D.C.

The Capitol Christmas tree tradition dates back to 1964 under the suggestion of House Speaker John W. McCormack. The tree was cut from a nearby nursery in Pennsylvania and an official tree-lighting ceremony was conducted in honor of the event. Today, the iconic tree has evolved into a cross-country tour with 27 scheduled stops through eight state lines.

In order to make each stop on time, GPS tracking technology can be utilized to track the tree’s progress and keep the driver on schedule. Additional dispatching features allow the driver to be alert of upcoming traffic and road conditions that may delay the journey. With two-way messaging, the driver can be connected to the office and receive instant routing directions through the in-cab tablet, never skipping a beat along the way.

The tree has been loaded onto a Kenworth T680 truck and is set to begin its tour on November 5. Upon the tree’s arrival to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on November 28, it will be decorated with handmade ornaments created by Idahoans. The official lighting ceremony is scheduled for December 6.

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