After a week of traveling the state of Idaho, the 80-foot tall tree that will eventually decorate the U.S. Capitol building will make a stop in Coeur d’Alene on Friday.
The City of Coeur d'Alene will be giving out free coffee and hot chocolate at the Nov. 11 event, along with offering ornament and cookie decorating and music. The tree will be on Sherman Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, the tree was in Moscow.
The 80-foot Engelmann spruce was cut down last week at the Little Ski Hill, just west of McCall, Idaho.
Payette National Forest workers used a traditional crosscut saw to take down the tree, as a way of honoring the traditional logging skills and tools used in this region.
It is also a process that officials say has never been used before to cut down previous national trees.
"We just thought it would be kinda cool because we've never heard of anyone else doing it," said Jared Schuster, with the Payette National Forest. "The other thing is, it's going be quiet. We won't have that chainsaw noise, and it's going to be slow, so we have a little more safety on our side."
After it is cut down, the tree was carefully prepared for its cross-country journey. It will make 15 stops around the state – including in Moscow and Coeur d’Alene – before leaving for Washington, DC on Nov. 15.
Once it is set up on the lawn of the Capitol, it will be decorated with thousands of ornaments created by Idahoans. It will be officially lit on Dec. 6.