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Capitol Christmas Tree to Begin Journey From New Mexico

The tree will tour New Mexico before leaving on a trip scheduled to conclude Nov. 24 at Joint Base Andrews

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    Capitol Christmas Tree to Begin Journey From New Mexico
    Roberto E. Rosales/The Albuquerque Journal via AP
    The 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tree cutting ceremony took place Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, just on the east side of Red River, New Mexico. This year's Capitol Christmas tree is a 60 foot tall, 68 year -old blue spruce, which was selected from the Questa Ranger District of the Carson National Forest.

    The 2019 Capitol Christmas tree is about to start its trip from New Mexico to D.C.

    A 60-foot blue spruce was cut down Wednesday during a ceremony in a forested canyon in Red River, New Mexico, starting a 2½-week journey that will take it to the Capitol to be this year's Christmas tree.

    A sawyer used a chain saw to sever the trunk, which one of two cranes then jerked several feet up in the air. Then both cranes swung the tree over to a flatbed trailer at the Carson National Forest site. 

    The tree will tour New Mexico before leaving on a trip scheduled to conclude Nov. 24 at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington.

    According to the project website, stops are scheduled in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.

    Each year a national forest is selected to share a tree with the nation.

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