Nation's Christmas Tree Making Way from Washington

State is providing the Capitol yule symbol

Published on: Nov 15, 2013

The state of Washington is providing the Christmas tree for the nation's capital this year, and making a g grand tour showing off the 88-foot-high spruce along a 25-day journey via flatbed.

Don't worry about the tree drying out, because some sensor in the yule symbol will tell shippers how it is doing and when it needs moisture.

This year's Capitol tree is from Washington's Colville National Forest in Pend Oreille County.

The tree trek marks the first time since 2006 that the journey has begun in a Washington state forest.

You can find out where the tree truck will be making its stops along the journey at

The Nations Capitol Christmas tree is readied for a 5,000-mile trip in Washington State.
The Nation's Capitol Christmas tree is readied for a 5,000-mile trip in Washington State.

The job of preparing the tree for shipment from Washington State to Washington, D.C. was no easy task, according to volunteers. First get 4,000 feet of parachute cord with a 550-pound test strength and find a very big building.

More than 20 volunteers took on the job in a Pend Oreille County shop building.

The whole process began Nov. 1, with the tree loaded into a custom cradle atop a special Hale       truck trailer. The job was finished on Nov. 4, and the truck set off for its first stops in Washington State.

The labor of wrapping the tree was described as a sticky, prickly chore. Volunteers first needed to move the branches to the center of the tree and secure them in a way that assured they would not break off. Once the branches were tucked in, using ratcheting straps, the parachute cord was used to secure them in place.

An aluminum frame with plywood siding was then constructed by the volunteers on the trailer        and hoops installed that assured he decorative tarp would not tear during travel.

The tree will make 25 stops from Washington forest to the Capitol building, with visitors along the way using the event for donation raising for various non-profits. Viewing, however, is free.