Made in Montana: The 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree
- Engelman Spruce
- 79-feet tall
- 15,000 pounds
- 30-inches in diameter
- 72 years-old
- From the Kootenai National Forest
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree kicked off its journey on November 7th in Yaak, Montana. The folks who came out to celebrate got to enjoy not only the view, but some cookies, hot cocoa and the musical stylings of the Yaak School Singers.
The 79-foot Engelmann Spruce traveled nearly 3,500 miles from Montana’s Kootenai National Forest to grace the lawn of the U.S. Capitol building — making stops in 13 Montana cities along the way.
The tree was driven across the country by by Montana’s own Larry Spiekermeier. A two-time Montana Motor Carriers “driver of the year,” Larry called this opportunity the “crown jewel of [my] driving career.”
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“I’ve been hauling for 49 years through 49 states and am proud to say I’ve traveled 3.5-million accident-free miles. But this is the proudest job I’ve had so far in my career. For over 50 years, a Christmas tree has been put on display at the Capitol each holiday season, and this year, I’ve been proud to be a part of it, along with Whitewood Transport, who was selected from over 500,000 trucking companies in the U.S. to haul the 2017 tree to Washington.” — Fox News
The tree will be decorated with nearly 3,000 handmade ornaments from folks across Big Sky country.
It’ll be flanked by a custom tree skirt quilted by Shawna Crawford of Lewistown.
And it will be topped by a five-foot tall copper star commissioned by the Washington Companies of Missoula, fabricated by Split Mountain Metal of Belgrade, and lit by Western Montana Lighting of Missoula.
The lighting will take place from 5–5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. You can watch the ceremony live streamed below: