Follow the Capitol Christmas Tree as it journeys 5,000 miles from Washington State to Washington D.C.
Did you ever wonder where the Capitol Christmas Tree came from and how it travels all the way across the country to D.C.? Now you can track its every stop as it makes its way across the country. First, volunteers had to wrap the 88-foot long tree and finagle the behemoth which was placed on the flatbed of a tractor trailer after it was originally cut. They then had to build a box around the tree with aluminum and plywood to protect the tree on its journey. In the words of Clark Griswold, "Little full, lot of sap!"
There is a new website which is dedicated to tracking it's movement as it crosses the U.S. here:
From the Official Website of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, they talked about where the tree came from,
"The 2013 88 foot tall Engelmann spruce was in Colville National Forest in northeast Washington State on November 1st, Colville National Forest staff selected several tree candidates and in June the superintendent of the capitol grounds made the final selection of the official 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree.
The tree grew on the Newport District in Pend Oreille County. It was wrapped over a period of three days for its journey and will spend several weeks on the road visiting communities across the country before arriving at the U.S. Capital in time for Thanksgiving."
- Path of the Capitol Christmas Tree
The Colville National Forest was created on March 1, 1907 by land set aside by President Theodore Roosevelt. The forest consists of 1.1 million acres of land in northeast Washington state and is located north of the Colville Indian Reservation north to the Canadian border. Interesting to note, the forest calls itself home to the last remaining herd of Caribou in the United States.