Ohio Valley Comes Out to See Capitol Christmas Tree


It’s not everyday that such a big celebrity comes into Wheeling but Tuesday the Friendly City welcomed more than 80 feet of white spruce that is going to become the Capitol Christmas Tree.

Every year since 1970 a special tree has been selected from one of the national forests across the US and put on display in front of the Capitol in Washington D.C.

The tree’s journey this year began at Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota. Project Manager Mike Theune says they had to make sure they picked the perfect tree.

“This tree is actually an 88 foot tall white spruce, it’s also 88 years old, and can you believe that when we cut it, it weighed over 13,000 pounds?” said Theune.

The tree’s trek is more than 2,000 miles with plenty of stops along the way including the latest Tuesday at Oglebay’s Good Zoo. Dozens showed up to get a glimpse of the tree and even sign their name on the truck.

“This was so exciting, there’s no better place to be for Christmas than Wheeling, West Virginia and we’re just excited that the National Christmas Tree got a little bit of the Wheeling Feeling this year,” said Katie Hinerman of Wheeling.

“We had to come to see it. It’s nice that it got the chance to stop here in Wheeling, West Virginia,” said John Cowgill of Martins Ferry. “We appreciate that.”

Theune says the Capitol Christmas Tree tour has been about communities they’ve been welcomed into and the people they’ve met.

“It’s been so exciting. I mean what better way to celebrate Christmas than all these states as we work from Minnesota to D.C.?” said Theune.

Speaker of the House John Boehner has announced the Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit up in Washington D.C. on December 2nd and can be seen on C-SPAN.

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