Capitol Christmas Tree 2016

Tree cut near McCall, Idaho, becomes this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree!!!

Capitol Christmas Tree

On Wednesday, October 12, it was announced that this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree would come from the Payette National Forest.  The task of finding the “perfect” tree was given to the Payette Smokejumpers.  The 80-foot Engelmann Spruce was cut (using a traditional crosscut saw to honor the state’s logging industry!) on November 2nd near McCall.  This magnificent tree will grace the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building, fulfilling a more than 50-year tradition.  The official lighting ceremony is scheduled for December 6th. The thousands of ornaments for the trees were created by Idahoans.

After being harvested, the tree began its long journey to the nation’s capital, with many, planned stops along the way.  An “unscheduled” stop occurred at the Skookumchuck Recreation Site last Wednesday, November 9th, due to the efforts of Rebekah Lodge #13.  Lodge members “coaxed” the trucks to stop and provided an opportunity for local folks to see this giant tree.

The Rebekahs very kindly provided refreshments for those attending as well as for the truck drivers.  (Accompanying the troupe was the famous Idaho “Potato Truck.”  Everyone had a great time and had an opportunity to take photos.


For  more information on this very special tree, you can click here or here.

(A special “thank you” to Rebekah, Bev McCool, for the photos.)

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