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Wyoming’s first Capitol Christmas Tree

Alaina Mousel, Editor

Photo by Alaina MouselThe 2010 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree travels on an 81-ft. tractor trailer driven by Jeff Underwood. Three banners adorn specially-designed cradle built to protect the Tree during transport.

Wyoming’s Christmas spirit is streaming across the country as the state’s first-ever U.S. Capitol Christmas tree makes its way to Washington, D.C. Often called “The People’s Tree,” the Tree will be presented to Congress as a gift from Wyoming.

The 67-ft. conifer, an Englemann Spruce, hails from the Bridger-Teton National Forest Blackrock District in Western Wyoming. Harvested Nov. 6, 2010, the tree is kept fresh through use of a plastic bladder that is filled with fresh water nightly; it’s estimated the tree will absorb 65 gallons of water each day. At its base, the Tree measures 30-ft. wide, with a trunk 25-in. in diameter. All told, the tree weighs 6,000 lbs.; the top and crown accounting for 985 lbs.

Hauled out of the forest on a flatbed truck, the Tree’s first stop was in Jackson, WY. There the Tree was packaged for its long transport in a custom cradle designed to support branches and prevent damage to the Tree’s shape. In addition to the colossal tree, 75 smaller trees accompany the Capitol Tree, for display throughout the Capitol Complex.

Wyoming’s Christmas spirit is streaming across the country as the state’s first-ever U.S. Capitol Christmas tree makes its way to Washington, D.C. Often called “The People’s Tree,” the Tree will be presented to Congress as a gift from Wyoming.

The 67-ft. conifer, an Englemann Spruce, hails from the Bridger-Teton National Forest Blackrock District in Western Wyoming. Harvested Nov. 6, 2010, the tree is kept fresh through use of a plastic bladder that is filled with fresh water nightly; it’s estimated the tree will absorb 65 gallons of water each day. At its base, the Tree measures 30-ft. wide, with a trunk 25-in. in diameter. All told, the tree weighs 6,000 lbs.; the top and crown accounting for 985 lbs.

Hauled out of the forest on a flatbed truck, the Tree’s first stop was in Jackson, WY. There the Tree was packaged for its long transport in a custom cradle designed to support branches and prevent damage to the Tree’s shape. In addition to the colossal tree, 75 smaller trees accompany the Capitol Tree, for display throughout the Capitol Complex.

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Wyoming’s Christmas spirit is streaming across the country as the state’s first-ever U.S. Capitol Christmas tree makes its way to Washington, D.C. Often called “The People’s Tree,” the Tree will be presented to Congress as a gift from Wyoming.

The 67-ft. conifer, an Englemann Spruce, hails from the Bridger-Teton National Forest Blackrock District in Western Wyoming. Harvested Nov. 6, 2010, the tree is kept fresh through use of a plastic bladder that is filled with fresh water nightly; it’s estimated the tree will absorb 65 gallons of water each day. At its base, the Tree measures 30-ft. wide, with a trunk 25-in. in diameter. All told, the tree weighs 6,000 lbs.; the top and crown accounting for 985 lbs.

Hauled out of the forest on a flatbed truck, the Tree’s first stop was in Jackson, WY. There the Tree was packaged for its long transport in a custom cradle designed to support branches and prevent damage to the Tree’s shape. In addition to the colossal tree, 75 smaller trees accompany the Capitol Tree, for display throughout the Capitol Complex.

Wyoming’s Christmas spirit is streaming across the country as the state’s first-ever U.S. Capitol Christmas tree makes its way to Washington, D.C. Often called “The People’s Tree,” the Tree will be presented to Congress as a gift from Wyoming.

The 67-ft. conifer, an Englemann Spruce, hails from the Bridger-Teton National Forest Blackrock District in Western Wyoming. Harvested Nov. 6, 2010, the tree is kept fresh through use of a plastic bladder that is filled with fresh water nightly; it’s estimated the tree will absorb 65 gallons of water each day. At its base, the Tree measures 30-ft. wide, with a trunk 25-in. in diameter. All told, the tree weighs 6,000 lbs.; the top and crown accounting for 985 lbs.

Hauled out of the forest on a flatbed truck, the Tree’s first stop was in Jackson, WY. There the Tree was packaged for its long transport in a custom cradle designed to support branches and prevent damage to the Tree’s shape. In addition to the colossal tree, 75 smaller trees accompany the Capitol Tree, for display throughout the Capitol Complex.

editor’s note: for more information, visit: http://www.capitolchristmastree2010.org; or track the tree at http://www.trackthetree.com; or follow daily blog updates at: http://capitolchristmastree2010.blogspot.com.

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