Colorado tree starts journey to Washington, D.C., to grace the Capitol for Christmas – The Denver Post

6November 2020

A Colorado Christmas tree that will grace the nation's Capitol this holiday has actually been cut and prepared to visit a number of communities before its journey to Washington, D.C.

. The 55-foot-tall and 25-foot-wide Engelman Spruce, from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, was minimized Thursday and loaded onto a semitrailer, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

The massive tree is being trucked by a semitrailer with a custom paint job highlighting the U.S. Capitol, a lit Christmas tree and snow-covered mountains.

Each year a brand-new tree is chosen from among the nation's 155 National Forest to be displayed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol constructing for the holiday. The 2019 tree was from the Carson National Forest in surrounding northern New Mexico.

“The job is enabled with support from partners consisting of the not-for-profit Choose Outdoors and Colorado Tourism in addition to money and in-kind contributions from companies of all sizes, as well as volunteers,” according to the forest service.

Cranes were utilized to alleviate the tree onto a trailer and it will visit 10 communities, nine in Colorado and one in North Carolina, as it makes the approximately 2,000-mile trip east beginning on Nov. 10, according to the forest service.

Stops in Colorado begin Tuesday in Norwood and Montrose, with a drop in Denver on Saturday, Nov. 14. A stop in Asheville, N.C., is scheduled on Nov. 17. For a total list see the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree page on Facebook.

At the stops well-wishers and fans will have a possibility to take photographs, sign banners on the sides of the truck, and learn more about the 50-year Capitol Christmas tree tradition. Festivities are complimentary and open to the public.Source: denverpost.com

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