US Capitol Christmas tree cut down, on way to Washington, DC

(WFLA) – This year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is about to start its journey to Washington, DC from Idaho.

The 80-foot Engelmann Spruce was cut down outside of McCall, Idaho this week. Instead of the usual chainsaw, the workers used a traditional crosscut saw as a tribute to honor the logging skills and tools used in this region.

This is the second Capitol tree to come from Idaho.

The tree lighting ceremony is set for Dec. 6. The tree will make 15 stops around the state before it makes its way to Washington, DC. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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