Capitol Christmas tree arrives in D.C. after stops along Oregon Trail

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is now in front of the Capitol steps, completing its coast-to-coast journey.

Acting Architect of the Capitol, Christine Merdon, told onlookers, “The tree has followed the Oregon Trail in reverse on its way east.”

The 80-foot tree come from Oregon's Willamette National Forest, and traveled through places like Scottsbluff, Nebraska on its way to D.C.

District Ranger Nikki Swanson traveled with the tree and said, “I think one of my favorite stops was the Scottsbluff stop.”

Swanson said the Scottsbluff area was an important landmark for the pioneers branching out west. She said stopping there gives extra-special meaning to the tree and for the American people.

Swanson said, “I want them to think about the journey, the journey through Nebraska of the Oregon pioneers and then the journey of this tree following that trail in reverse.”'

Speaker Paul Ryan and members for the Oregon congressional delegation will light the tree on December, 5th.