National Tree driving through FS Saturday

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The National Christmas Tree will be driving through Fort Stockton on the way to Washington DC on Saturday, Nov. 16. driving down Highway 10.

Wilbanks is hauling the tree and plans to leave El Paso Saturday morning around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. and plans to be driving through Fort Stockton between 11 a.m. and noonish.

The truck has to be in San Antonio by 6 p.m.

The tradition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, or "The People’s Tree," began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.

In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree. Since then, a different national forest has been chosen each year to provide "The People’s Tree." This national forest also works with state forests to provide companion trees that are smaller Christmas trees for offices in Washington, D.C.

The Carson National Forest in New Mexico will provide the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, with Spireon providing GPS tracking of the tree as it makes its journey.

See the route and track the truck at https://www.capitoltreetracker.com/

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