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Capitol Christmas tree from Montana arrives in Washington D.C.

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WASHINGTON D.C. - The 79-foot-tall Engelmann Spruce from Montana's Kootenai National Forest that will grace the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, arrived at its destination Monday morning.

Crews lifted the tree from a flatbed driven by Billings' own Whitewood Transport. 

With some help from a crane, the process of setting up the tree on the capitol's west lawn began.

The tree was cut on Nov. 8 and made a trek of more than 3,000 miles. 

The tree will be lit in an out door ceremony on Dec. 6 by 11-year-old Ridley Brandmayr of Bozeman. More than 3,000 ornaments collected across Montana will be hung on the tree.

To finish it all off, a 5-foot-tall copper star funded by Washington Companies of Missoula, fabricated by Split Mountain Metal of Belgrade and lighted by Western Montana lighting of Missoula will top the tree.

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