BOISE - The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree stopped in Boise Sunday afternoon after completing the first short leg of its journey to Washington, DC.
The tree arrived at Cabelas on Franklin Road at about 5 p.m. after making the trip from Valley County. It will spend the night at the National Interagency Fire Center before making an appearance at the Idaho Statehouse Monday morning.
The tree is scheduled to make stops around the state over the next week before making the cross-country journey to the nation's capital.
An 80-foot Engelmann spruce, the "People's Tree" was cut down at the Little Ski Hill outside of McCall on Wednesday. Workers from the Payette National Forest spent months looking for the perfect tree to represent the Gem State.
Dozens of people gathered at Cabelas Sunday afternoon to take in the tree, which sits on a long trailer covered by a housing that has windows in it.
A group of kids who came to see the tree say they are proud the tree is from Idaho.
"That's just so cool," said Ethan. "It's like, I've seen this tree in real life, I know what it looks like, and to see it on TV when we do see it will be really cool."
"To know it's going to be there and hundreds of thousands of other people are going to be able to see it, and say 'hey, this is from McCall, Idaho.' That's something really cool," added Lauren.
The tree did have a delay on its trip from Cascade to Boise Sunday afternoon. An Idaho State Police trooper who was escorting the convoy was injured when a pickup truck swerved into her lane and crashed into her. The trooper was flown to Saint Alphonsus where she was treated for minor injuries.
If you would like to see the tree before it leaves Boise, it will be at the Idaho Statehouse from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday. Gov. Otter and the state's congressional delegation will be on hand to give the tree a send-off. There will also be music, food trucks, and a poem reading by a local 5th grader. People who stop by will have the opportunity to sign the banner on the truck.
A full schedule of the tree's stops can be found here.
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