This week, on Friday, November 16th the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be coming through the Cowboy State on its way to Washington D.C, according to County 10.

It has been a tradition that started back in 1964 when a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John W. McCormack, placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn.  The tree stood on the lawn for three years until winds and root damage took it down.  In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a tree for the lawn every year.  Since then, there has been a tree on the lawn every year for Christmas from a different National Forest from across the country.

This year the tree will come from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon.   The 80 foot Noble Fir is to recognize the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, the tree will be driven on that same route.

The Christmas tree will be at the Ft. Bridger Historic Site on Saturday, November 17th from 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m.  Then rolling through Laramie at Wyoming Territorial Prison the next day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.