Capitol Christmas Tree on its way to Washington, D.C.

Caitol Tree
Capitol Christmas Tree about ready to roll.

The most visible Christmas tree of all — the one that will stand in front of the capitol in Washington, D.C. — has started its journey east.

The 88-foot-tall white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota was felled and prepared for transport.

This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree is being delivered by a specially outfitted Kenworth T880 and Heil trailer. A Kenworth T680 Advantage will be used to carry 70 other trees also destined for D.C.

Their trips of more than two weeks end Nov. 20. There will be special events in more than 20 locations along the way, including the Kenworth plant in Chillicothe, Ohio.

Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) President Brad Bentley says the tree is currently in a warehouse being shaped and fit onto the trailer before it begins its roughly 2,000-mile trip to the U.S. capital. The TCA is one of the sponsors of the annual Christmas tree project.

Check back with Truckers News often as we track the tree’s travels.