The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree began its cross-country journey this week from the Colville National Forest near Usk, Wash., to the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. It’s being transported by a 2014 Mack Pinnacle axle back model. In addition to the truck hauling the tree, Mack is also providing a second Pinnacle hauling companion trees to decorate other parts of the U.S. Capitol.
More than 300 people joined the U.S. Forest Service and state and local government representatives Nov. 1 to celebrate the harvesting of the 88-foot, 80-year-old Engelmann Spruce. The Pinnacle model hauling the tree will make 24 stops in cities nationwide during the next month before delivering its special cargo to our nation’s capital.
The Mack Pinnacle model is wrapped with a custom-designed decal featuring a resolute bulldog pulling a Christmas tree toward Washington, D.C. Mack Trucks has been a sponsor of the Capitol Christmas tree tour several times during the last few years, most recently in 2011 and 2012.
U.S. national forests have been providing a Christmas tree for the U.S. Capitol since 1964. The tree will be decorated with more than 5,000 handmade ornaments and lit in an official ceremony in early December.