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Nov. 29, 2010--The 2010 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrives after its 19-day trip from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming  This marks the first time that a tree from Wyoming has been used for the ceremony, which began in 1970.  The tree, an Engelmann Spruce, measured 67' high and 34' wide at the base.
Jeff Underwood from Dahlonega, GA drove the tree and Mark Fortner drove an accompanying truck which carrying boxes of ornaments made by Wyoming citizens and 75 small trees for Capitol offices.  Underwood left Georgia on October 25 and traveled about 6,900 miles on the journey to Wyoming and then Washington, DC.  Wyoming Landscape Contractors cut the tree on November 6.  On November 10 the tree made its first stop of its trip in Afton, WY.  After a week of travel in Wyoming, including a forced stop at Cheyenne River Rest Stop due to wind, the tree headed out to South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri and a somewhat circuituitous route taking in Memphis, TN, Dahlonega, GA and Hershey, PA.  Note that during the trip it was protected by plywood sheets which were removed earlier in the morning. 
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) made the request for Wyoming to provide this year's tree; he and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) watched the arrival, unloading and moving of the tree.

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