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Phoenix — By heather on November 8, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Arizona Tree Selected for U.S. Capitol Christmas Display

For the first time in 45 years, an 85-foot blue spruce from the White Mountains of Arizona will be the focal point of this year’s Christmas display at the U.S. Capitol. The tallest ever selected for this honor, the tree is an estimated 70 years old and stands taller than a six-story building.


The tree was chosen from among 10 finalists and cut down about 5 miles west of Alpine, Arizona in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.  The blue spruce will travel across the state in a 105-foot flatbed truck and continue on a cross-country trip to Washington D.C. for the lighting ceremony in December.

Arizona will also provide 75 smaller companion trees that will decorate the offices of the state’s congressional delegation and other federal offices. To decorate all of the trees, Arizona schoolchildren have created 7,000 ornaments to adorn the large blue spruce and an additional 3,000 ornaments for the companion trees.

The tree will make 28 stops around the state, including an appearance at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Thursday, November 12. View this schedule for more details.

To keep up with its’ travels, both Twitter and Facebook are posting photos and up to the minute accounts.

In honor of a tradition that began in 1964, the Speaker of the House and a lucky Arizona student will light the tree in early December.

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Photo courtesy of flickr

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