The 67-foot spruce from Wyoming's Bridger-Teton National Forest that will be a gift for the US Capitol from the residents of Wyoming made an overnight stop in Buffalo Monday.
People and cars lined Buffalo's Main Street as the entourage of vehicles escorting the semi-tractor and trailer housing the huge conifer made its way to the WyDOT building on Hart Street for a celebration.
Buffalo Chamber of Commerce Director Angela Jarvis gave a short speech and read prepared statements from US Senator John Barasso and US Representative Cynthia Lummis. Mary Cernicek, an employee with the US Forest Service, is overseeing the entire project to get the tree from Wyoming to the US Capitol. After giving a short statement, she introduced Bryan Ragsdale, who performed a song he wrote about the tree and its journey to the Capitol.
Ragsdale, a Wyoming native from Rock Springs, said he was honored to have the opportunity to write and perform his song.
Ragsdale will travel and perform with the tree at its upcoming stops in Wyoming before it heads East to Washington, D.C. Ragsdale will then fly to the Capitol to perform the song one last time at the dedication and lighting ceremony later this month.
To hear a sample of "Forever West" by Bryan Ragsdale, Click here: