The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Makes It Way Through Wyoming
It has been a tradition that started back in 1964 when a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John W. McCormack, placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. The tree stood on the lawn for three years until winds and root damage took it down. In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a tree for the lawn every year. Since then, there has been a tree on the lawn every year for Christmas from a different National Forest from across the country.
This year the tree will come from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. The 80 foot Noble Fir is to recognize the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, the tree will be driven on that same route.