US Capitol Christmas tree makes stop in Denver

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DENVER -- It's probably the biggest honor that could be bestowed upon a tree. To be exquisitely decorated and lovingly cared for and put on display for millions to enjoy.

That's exactly what happened to the giant pine tree that paid a visit to Bass Pro Shops in Denver Friday. The stop was made possible by the U.S. Forrest Service.

Where is this tree going?  The United States Capitol to be displayed outside, right in front.

Grown in McCall, Idaho, the 84-year-old Englemann Pine is 86 feet tall, weighs in at 16,500 pounds, and was specifically chosen to be the tree of trees. "It has to be fully surrounded by beautiful foliage, so this was very robust. It looked very healthy and actually represents Idaho well," said U.S. Forrest Ranger Kim Pierson.

The tree troupe stopped off at Bass Pro Shops in Denver as part of a 35-stop tour on the way to the Capitol. The specially built flatbed trailer protects the tree from the elements. Well wishers were invited to sign their names on the sides.

It's not often one gets to see up close and personal the tree heading to our nation's capital and if it's too early, I apologize, but, Merry Christmas.