Troopers with the Arkansas State Police and the Texas Department of Public Safety escorted the 88 foot tall Engelmann spruce as it passed through Texarkana Tuesday.
Two very large cranes were used to level and align the Capitol Christmas Tree after it was cut so that it could be loaded on an 80-foot custom trailer. (Source: capitolchristmastree.com)
TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) -
A special convoy passed through the ArkLaTex Tuesday, carrying the 2013 Capitol Christmas tree from Washington State to Washington, D.C.
Troopers with the Arkansas State Police and the Texas Department of Public Safety escorted the 88 foot tall Engelmann spruce as it passed through Texarkana on I30 on the Dallas to Little Rock leg of the cross-country trek.
It was harvested from the Colville National Forest on November 1 and carefully wrapped for the nation-wide tour that includes approximately 14 stops across the U.S.
The Capitol Christmas tree, along with several others designated for offices around the capitol and more than 5,000 ornaments, will spend several weeks on the road visiting communities across the country before arriving at the U.S. Capitol in time for Thanksgiving.
It's due to arrive in Washington D.C. in time for Thanksgiving and will be lit by House Speaker John Boehner at a ceremony on December 3.
Learn more about the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree here (http://bit.ly/1aFozXV), where you'll also find a link to track the tree along the way.