Capitol Tree in Sheridan

Jeff Underwood next to the cab of his rig.  He is donating his truck and his time to transport the tree from Wyoming to Washington D.C.
Jeff Underwood next to the cab of his rig. He is donating his truck and his time to transport the tree from Wyoming to Washington D.C.

We've been anticipating its visit since June, when it was first announced that Wyoming would be providing the Capitol Christmas Tree. The tree made a stop in Sheridan Monday afternoon, Sheridan Media's Mary Jo Johnson was there.


Steady streams of people from all walks of life and of all ages – babies to the elderly – braved the cold and windy November afternoon to stop by to visit the Capitol Christmas Tree in Sheridan. I had the opportunity to meet the truck driver, Jeff Underwood of Jeff Underwood Trucking Company.

Mary Cernicek is the Capitol Christmas Tree Coordinator and Public Affairs Officer for the Bridger-Teton Forest office of the Department of Agriculture. She tells us about the lucky young person who will get to flip the switch to turn on the tree's lights.

The tree was encased in a hunter green protective covering with Plexiglas windows on either side for people to look in to see how lovely are its branches. A banner that spanned the entire length and both sides of the cover pictured the logos of all the private companies that are funding the transport of the tree, and thousands of signatures from Cowboy State residents are filling up any available white space on the banner – a giant Christmas Card to the nation.

Inside the Visitor Information Center, the shivering public was treated to cookies, hot chocolate, and a piece from a nearly 3-foot tall Christmas Tree cake, while listening to Christmas music. I had a chance to speak to a couple Woodland Park Elementary students before our tree visit ended.

So excited to have shared in this experience with the community and with the state, for sheridanmedia.com news, I'm Mary Jo Johnson reporting.

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