U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree comes to Dickinson

It’s 76 years old, stands 79 feet tall, weighs nearly 15,000 pounds, and it’s making a stop in Dickinson.

It’s the U.S.. Capitol Christmas tree and it’s en route from Montana’s Kotenai National Forest to the nation’s capital.

The trip will have 20 official stops including one in Dickinson tomorrow.

The city will hold an event in the downtown area for the public to view the tree tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m..

City officials expect around 500 people to stop by and see it.

The last time it stopped in Dickinson was in 2008, but the public had a hard time viewing it.

“At that time you really couldn’t see the tree. It was enclosed in a trailer, and people wrote their names on a vinyl banner. You could get up and take a quick little peak inside but that was it. This year we will be able to see the tree in a glass or vinyl encasement,” said Terri Thiel, Exec. Dir. Dickinson Convention & Visitors Bureau,

This year’s tree is an Engelmann Spruce, and it will be on display in Grand Forks on Sunday morning, before arriving in Washington D.C.. at the end of the month.

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