PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — On Friday, with the cutting of Sweet Home Fir in the Willamette National Forest, a 3,000-mile, cross-country journey will begin, culminating on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
For the second time in 40 years, the Capitol Christmas Tree — also known as “The People’s Tree” — will be plucked from an Oregon forest. And after it’s chosen, it will travel across 25 communities before eventually landing in time for the holiday season.
The road traveled is not an accident. This year marks the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, and the 50th anniversary of the National Trail Systems Act. Because of that, as a part of its theme “Find Your Trail,” the Capitol Christmas Tree will travel the Oregon Trail in reverse.
Once it arrives, its Oregonian birthroots won’t be forgotten. Over 10,000 handmade ornaments from Oregon will dress the fir.