The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, a tradition that goes back more than 50 years, is chosen to come from a different state every year, stopping along the way for citizens to see it as it makes its journey to the District of Columbia.

The tree is sometimes called "The People's Tree," and this year it will be an 80 foot tall Noble Fir from the Willamette National Forest in Oregon. Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, it will be traveling the famous route on the way back east. The tree has already begun the long journey to the Capitol, and will be stopping twice in the Cowboy State.

First, on November 17th, the tree will be stopping at the Ft. Bridger Historic Site near Evanston. The tree will then be on display at the Wyoming Territorial Prison on November 18th from 9:00 am-10:00 am. A short stop, but there will be several notable guest speakers, and everyone who wants to see the iconic tree will be able to view it during the window it is in the Gem City.

 


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You can follow the tree's journey on the official Instagram page above, or the adorable website trackthetree.org, which is modeled off of the Oregon Trail video game. The tree's next stop will be Scottsbluff, Nebraska and is expected to make it to Washington DC by November 25th.