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The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree was cut on Nov. 1 in the Colville National Forest in Washington State. It was then loaded on a trailer and will go on a 24-city tour while traveling to Washington D.C. where it will be erected and displayed on the West Lawn of the Capitol Grounds. Courtesy U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree visits Ogden, Spanish Fork is next
First Published Nov 12 2013 10:43 am • Last Updated Nov 12 2013 10:43 am

Ogden hosted the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Monday night during a two-hour ceremony at the downtown Junction.

The six-story Engelmann Spruce was harvested last week in Colville National Forest in northeast Washington state and after being carefully wrapped and prepared, began a 5,000-mile journey to Washington, D.C.

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Ogden business members, veterans and schoolchildren participated in a special ceremony Monday to honor what’s often referred to as "The People’s Tree."

The tree arrived on a double flatbed truck and trailer custom fit with a bladder that is filled with 65 gallons of water daily to feed the tree during its three-week journey. The tree was not removed from the truck but was available for viewing thorough Plexiglas windows.

The tree has two other stops scheduled in Utah — 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Spanish Fork at City Park, 49 S. Main St.; and St. George on Wednesday.

To follow the tree’s journey online, go to capitolchristmastree.com/ or www.facebook.com/capitolchristmastree2013.

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