Capitol Christmas Tree Begins Long Journey

Cut from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, the 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree is heading to D.C.
Cut from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, the 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree is heading to D.C.

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is a secret no more. The 67-foot Engelmann spruce has been cut down and carefully loaded onto a flatbed trailer in western Wyoming. Next up: A tour of Wyoming that begins Wednesday, followed by a cross-country trip to Washington, D.C.

Saturday's operation involved positioning two cranes and special mats around the big tree in Bridger-Teton National Forest. Then came the chain saw. A small crowd watched the spectacle. They had found the tree following months of secrecy about its location. By nightfall the tree had pulled into nearby Jackson, where hundreds turned out to see the stately pine.

Wyoming residents have donated more than 5,000 ornaments to decorate the tree. A lighting ceremony in front of the Capitol is scheduled for December 7th.

As for the tour of the tree, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be at the Visitor's Information Center next Monday, November 15th from Noon until 3:30 pm. The public is invited to a small reception and viewing. From Sheridan, it will travel on to Buffalo, continuing from there the next morning.

To learn all about the 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree, click here: http://www.capitolchristmastree2...

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