The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree made its first tour stop in the lower 48 states Saturday, Nov. 7, with an event at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry and Lake Union Park.
A crowd gathered to see the 74-foot Lutz spruce from Seward, Alaska, being delivered by a Kenworth T680 76-inch mid-roof sleeper tour truck with specialized trailer.
Throughout the tour, the truck will haul the tree 3,000 miles to different communities across the country en route from Seattle to Washington, D.C. The tree will be lit by newly-elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) on Wednesday, Dec. 2, outside the U.S. Capitol building.
“For the next few weeks, the Kenworth T680 with the 76-inch mid-roof sleeper serves as ‘America’s Truck’ as it transports ‘The People’s Tree’ across the country to Washington, D.C.,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “This new Kenworth configuration provides excellent fuel efficiency and driver comfort with inspirational graphics for those seeing the truck on the road or at the community events.”
Lynden Transport driver John Schank – who has logged more than 5 million miles on the Dalton Highway between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska – has received the honor of serving as the tour driver for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
During the Seattle event, visitors signed banners on the sides of the trailer to wish the Tree well on its journey, explored the Chugach National Forest Service and Choose Outdoors exhibits, and listened to the Alaska bluegrass band Blackwater Railroad Company traveling with the tour.
Future stops on the tour include:
•Nov. 11 – Main Street Square and Veteran’s Day parade, Rapid City, S.D.
•Nov. 12 – Cabela’s, La Vista, Neb.
•Nov. 15 – Downtown South Bend, Ind.
•Nov. 16 – Court House/Municipal Building and Chamberlin Hill School, Findlay, Ohio
•Nov. 17 – Mount Logan Elementary School, Chillicothe, Ohio
•Nov. 18 – Joint Base Andrews, Md.