Capitol Christmas Tree

Workers move the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it arrives to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, from Willamette National Forest in Oregon. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON, DC (KPTV) – A noble fir from in Oregon finished its journey to the nation’s capital Monday morning to stand tall as the Capitol Christmas Tree.

The United States Forest Service hand-selected the tree from the Willamette National Forest, a search which began months ago.

The tree is 80 feet tall and will have 10,000 handmade ornaments from Oregon on it once decorated.

To get to its spot in front of the Capitol, the tree followed the path of the Oregon Trail in reverse. This year is the 175th anniversary of the Oregon Trail.

It took three weeks and 3,000 miles to get the tree to the Capitol.

This isn’t the first year the Capitol Christmas Tree has come from Oregon. In 2002, the Capitol Christmas Tree came from the Umpqua National Forest.

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