U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree makes pit-stop in Boise on its way to D.C.

U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. Payette National Forest, Idaho, 2016 (Photo courtesy Kari Greer)

The Statehouse steps were packed with people hoping to see the famous U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree that was recently plucked from the Payette National Forest.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I just think it is so cool that my cousins are here from the Midwest to experience it with me," said Liz Rodosovich, a Boise resident.

After finding the perfect shape, height and color, this is the second tree to be selected from Idaho as the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

"It was an 85-foot Engleman Spruce and it is now at 75 feet (tall)," said Gary Aimoth, one of the drivers transporting the treasure. "And it will be mounted (and) positioned on the Capitol lawn; and they'll put it four feet into the ground."

Monday's pit-stop has been one of many. Aimoth says people have been excited to get a closer look at the tree headed to Washington, D.C.

"A lot of cell phone pictures, a lot of honks, a lot of pointing, a lot of smiles...and a lot of clapping," Aimoth said as he recalled his encounters so far.

Before loading it into the truck, the tree was decorated with our Gem State culture in mind from potatoes to wildland firefighters to the very lights showcasing the holiday season.

From Boise, the tree will make a few more stops before reaching its destination.

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