From Oregon to D.C.: Follow the 2018 U.S. Capitol Tree

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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. 

A map of the U.S. Capitol Tree Tour across the country. (Screenshot from @USCapitolTree Twitter)

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. 

You can follow the tree along the tour on the Capitol Tree’s website or the U.S. Forest Service website

The Host Communities 

•   Friday, Nov. 9: Sweet Home High School, 1641 Long St, Sweet Home, OR 97386 (12:00 p.m. Street Fair, 6:00 p.m. Parade and 7:30 p.m. Program)
•   Saturday, Nov. 10: Linn County Circuit Court, 300 SW Fourth Avenue, Albany, OR 97321 (9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.)
•   Saturday, Nov. 10: Cabela’s, 2800 Gateway Street, Springfield, OR 97477 (4:00 – 5:30 p.m.)
•   Sunday, Nov. 11: McKenzie River Ranger Station, 57600 McKenzie Highway 126, McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413 (10:30 – 11:30 a.m.)
•   Sunday, Nov. 11: 48257 E. 1st, Oakridge, OR 97463 (2:30 – 4:30 p.m.)
•   Monday, Nov. 12: 450 SW Powerhouse Dr., Ste 422, Bend, OR 97702 (11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)
•   Monday, Nov. 12: 160 Detroit Ave, Detroit, OR 97342 (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
•   Tuesday, Nov. 13: Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301 (10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.)
•   Tuesday, Nov. 13: Oregon City, OR
•   Wednesday, Nov. 14: The Dalles City Hall, 313 Court Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058 (9:00 –10:00 a.m.)
•   Wednesday, Nov. 14: Baker City, OR
•   Friday, Nov. 16: City Hall, 911 North 7th Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83201 (9:00 – 10:00 a.m.)
•   Saturday, Nov. 17: Ft. Bridger State Historic Site, 37001 Isthmus Loop I-80 Fort Bridger, WY 82933 (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
•   Sunday, Nov. 18: 975 Snowy Range Road, Laramie, WY 82070 (9:00 – 10:00 a.m.)
•   Sunday, Nov. 18: Scottsbluff, NE including parade route from 23rd St. to 17th Street on Broadway and ceremony on the 1700 block of Broadway (6:00-7:00 p.m.)
•   Monday, Nov. 19: Otoe County Courthouse, 110 South 11th, Nebraska City, NE 68410 (6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
•   Tuesday, Nov. 20: Perry High School, 404 Lecompton Rd, Perry, KS 66073 (12:00 – 1:00 p.m.)
•   Tuesday, Nov. 20: MHC Kenworth, 1524 N. Corrington, Kansas City, MO 64120 (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.)
•   Wednesday, Nov. 21: Independence Uptown Market, 201 W. Truman Rd, Independence, MO 64050 (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
•   Thursday, Nov. 22: 2018 Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade, 7th Street and Market Street, St. Louis, MO (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
•   Friday, Nov. 23: The Harrison Pavilion, 101 Harrison Avenue, Harrison, OH 45030 (2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
•   Sunday, Nov. 25: Andrews Air Force Base, 1500 Perimeter Rd. Joint Base Andrews, MD (11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.)
Jim Kaufmann, director of the Capitol Grounds and Arboretum at the Architect of the Capitol with the local "tree team" at Willamette National Forest. (USFS)

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