A Mack Pinnacle delivers the 73-foot Christmas tree to the US Capitol after more than 5,300 miles of travel from Colorado's White River National Forest.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A pair of Mack Pinnacles completed their three-week, 5,300-mile journey this week, having hauled the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree, companion trees and decorations to the west lawn of the US Capitol.
The tree was hauled in a special trailer and pulled by a Mack Pinnacle model driven by former US Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. A second Mack tractor hauled the ornaments and dozens of companion trees that will decorate other government buildings in Washington.
The tree was illuminated in an official lighting ceremony Dec. 4.
“Hauling the Capitol Christmas tree this year has been a special assignment that we have really enjoyed,” said John Walsh, vice-president of marketing for Mack Trucks. “This is a job our trucks are built for – demanding hauls across all kinds of terrain with very important cargo. We are pleased that the US Forest Service and Choose Outdoors trusted this job to Mack, and we look forward to again hauling the Capitol Christmas tree in 2013.”
The tradition of the Capitol Christmas Tree, also known as “The People’s Tree,” began in 1964. National forests rotate the responsibility each year of providing a tree that will stand on the west lawn of the US Capitol as a gift to the nation.