Delivering Enchantment in 2019
Track the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Carson-to-Capitol with Spireon
Capitoltreetracker.com provides real-time GPS location tracking of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree using FleetLocate by Spireon’s advanced trailer management technology, as it makes its way from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Live tracking begins November 11th.
Click on the tabs below for more information about the scheduled stops along the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree's route.*
The tradition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, or "The People’s Tree," began in 1964 when Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John W. McCormack (D-MA) placed a live Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. This tree lived three years before succumbing to wind and root damage.
In 1970, the Capitol Architect asked the U.S. Forest Service to provide a Christmas tree. Since then, a different national forest has been chosen each year to provide "The People’s Tree." This national forest also works with state forests to provide companion trees that are smaller Christmas trees for offices in Washington, D.C.
The Carson National Forest in New Mexico will provide the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, with Spireon providing GPS tracking of the tree as it makes its journey.
#1 - Carson National Forest Eagle Rock Lake - November 11, 2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
Located in northern New Mexico, the Carson NF is one of five national forests in the state and one of the 11 national forests in USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region. The Carson NF’s 1.5 million acres include some of the finest mountain scenery in the Southwest, where elevations rise from 6,000 feet to 13,161 feet at Wheeler Peak, the highest peak in New Mexico. For more information, please visit the Carson National Forest website.
#2 - Eagle Nest Town Hall, NM - November 11, 2019, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Eagle Nest is a village in Colfax County, New Mexico, conveniently located near Angel Fire Ski Resort, and Red River ski area, Eagle Nest Lake, Cimarron Canyon, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Parks. Situated on the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Eagle Nest is a small summer-home and resort area popular for hiking, hunting, camping, and fishing. Originally named Therma, the village was renamed Eagle Nest in the 1930s. Source: Wikipedia, Eagle Nest Chamber of Commerce
#3 - Veterans Memorial, NM - November 11, 2019, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park in Angel Fire, NM was the first major Vietnam memorial in the United States. It is currently the only state park dedicated exclusively to veterans of the Vietnam War. Source: Wikipedia
#4 - Taos City Hall, NM - November 11, 2019, 5:00 - 6:00pm
Taos is a town in northern New Mexico’s high desert, bounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It’s known for historic adobe buildings such as Taos Pueblo, a multistory adobe complex inhabited by Native Americans for centuries. A longtime artist colony, Taos also offers many galleries and museums showcasing regional artwork, including the Harwood Museum of Art and the Taos Art Museum. Source: Wikipedia and https://taos.org.
#5 - Taos Pueblo - Taos Pueblo, NM - November 12, 2019, 8:00am - 9:00am
Taos Pueblo is an ancient pueblo belonging to a Taos-speaking Native American tribe of Puebloan people. It lies about 1 mile north of the modern city of Taos, New Mexico. The pueblos are considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States. Source: Wikipedia and https://taos.org.
#6 - Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce, NM - November 12, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am
Española is a city primarily in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, in the United States. A portion of the central and eastern section of the city is in Santa Fe County. Source: Wikipedia.
#7 - Chama Town Hall, NM - November 12, 2019, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Chama is a village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 1,022 at the 2010 census. The village is located in the Rocky Mountains about 7 miles south of the Colorado-New Mexico border Source: Wikipedia.
#8 - Jicarilla Apache Supermarket Parking Lot - Dulce, NM - November 12, 2019, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Dulce is a census-designated place in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. The population is almost entirely Native American. It is the largest community and tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Source: Wikipedia.
#9 - Shiprock High School, NM - November 13, 2019, 8:00am - 9:00am
Shiprock Associated Schools, Inc. is a Bureau of Indian Education funded grant school located on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. In 1976, it began as a high school program, formerly known as Shiprock Alternative Schools, designed to address the needs of students that had not succeeded in local area public schools. This early childhood program evolved into the successful elementary and middle school programs that complement the Navajo reserve’s high school program today. Source: sasischools.net/
#10 - Bloomfield Elementary School - Bloomfield, NM - November 13, 2019, 10:00am - 11:00am
Bloomfield is a city in northeastern San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. It is part of the Farmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 8,112 at the 2010 census. It is on the Trails of the Ancients Byway, one of the designated New Mexico Scenic Byways. Source: Wikipedia.
#11 - St. Francis Assisi Park - Cuba, NM - November 13, 2019, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Cuba is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 735. It is part of the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area. Located off the busy 550 highway, Cuba has several motels, restaurants and bars. Source: Wikipedia.
#12 - Santa Fe Plaza - Santa Fe, NM - November 13, 2019, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills. It’s renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts hotbed. Founded as a Spanish colony in 1610, it has at its heart the traditional Plaza. The surrounding historic district’s crooked streets wind past adobe landmarks including the Palace of the Governors, now home to the New Mexico History Museum. Source: Wikipedia.
#13 - Forest Service Albuquerque Service Center - Albuquerque, NM - November 14, 2019, 8:30am - 9:30am
Located in Albuquerque’s Journal Center, the recently completed United States Forest Service (USFS) office building is a “sister” tower to the existing USFS center built in 2006. These facilities, home to over 900 USFS employees, make up the western US regional office for finance, acquisitions and human resources functions. Source: https://www.alstatesteel.com/u-s-forest-service-office-building-albuquerque-nm/
#14 - Civic Plaza - Albuquerque, NM - November 14, 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in the high desert. Its modern Downtown core contrasts with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to the city’s 1706 founding as a Spanish colony. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, such as San Felipe de Neri Church, 5 museums, and shops selling Native American handicrafts. Nearby, The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s tribal history. Source: Wikipedia.
#15 - Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District - Truth or Consequences, NM - November 14, 2019, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Truth or Consequences is a city in and the county seat of Sierra County, New Mexico, United States. In 2012, the population was 6,411. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names. Source: Wikipedia
#16 - Smokey Bear State Park - Capitan, NM - November 15, 2019, 8:00am - 8:30am
In 1979, Smokey Bear Historical Park was established to honor Capitan's favorite son, Smokey Bear. Nearly three decades earlier, Smokey was an orphaned little bear cub with burned paws, found in the aftermath of the Capitan Gap wildfire. Smokey Bear rose to fame as an icon for forest fire prevention and he lived in Washington, D.C.'s National Zoo for 26 years. When he passed away, the famous black bear was laid to rest in his hometown. His burial site is a special place within the Smokey Bear Historical Park. Source: emnrd.state.nm.us
#17 - Mescalero Community Center & Tribal Offices - Mescalero, NM - November 15, 2019, 10:00am - 11:00am
The Mescalero Apache Reservation – long recognized by Spanish, Mexican, and American Treaties – was formally established by Executive Order of President Ulysses S. Grant on May 27, 1873. Mescaleros on the reservation numbered about 400 when the reservation was established more than 100 years ago. Source: https://mescaleroapachetribe.com/our-culture/
#18 - Otero County Fairgrounds - Alamogordo, NM - November 15, 2019, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Alamogordo is the seat of Otero County, New Mexico, United States. A city in the Tularosa Basin of the Chihuahuan Desert, it is bordered on the east by the Sacramento Mountains and to the west by Holloman Air Force Base. Source: Wikipedia
#19 - El Paso Convention Center - El Paso, TX - November 15, 2019, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
El Paso is a city in and the county seat of El Paso County, Texas, United States, in the far western part of the state. The 2018 population estimate for the city from the U.S. Census was 682,669. Its metropolitan statistical area covers all of El Paso and Hudspeth counties in Texas, and has a population of 840,758. Source: Wikipedia
#20 - The Alamo - San Antonio, TX - November 16, 2019, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
San Antonio is a major city in south-central Texas with a rich colonial heritage. The Alamo, an 18th-century Spanish mission preserved as a museum, marks an infamous 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. Following the San Antonio River, the miles-long River Walk is a landmark pedestrian promenade lined with cafes and shops. HemisFair Park’s 750-ft. Tower of the Americas overlooks the city. Source: Wikipedia
#21 - Blue Skies Air Force Village - San Antonio, TX - November 17, 2019, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Air Force Village in San Antonio is a retirement community for officers of the armed forces. In 2014, the campuses were renamed Blue Skies East and Blue Skies West.
#22 - Downtown Plaza - Georgetown, TX - November 17, 2019, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Georgetown is a city in central Texas. Buildings in its Downtown Historic District include the Victorian-era Old Williamson County Jail and the 1911 Courthouse. The Williamson Museum explores local history. East, Southwestern University is known for its Fountainwood Observatory. Blue Hole Park features a lagoon along the San Gabriel River. To the south, Inner Space Cavern is a vast cave with hundreds of stalactites. Source: Wikipedia
#23 - Downtown Main Street - Lufkin, TX - November 18, 2019, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Lufkin is a city in the county seat of Angelina County and is situated in Deep Eastern, Texas, United States. Lufkin is 115 miles northeast of Houston and was founded in 1882.
#24 - Monroe Civic Center, LA - November 18, 2019, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The first residents of what is now Monroe were the Ouachita Indians who inhabited the area around 1350 BC. The first non-native settlers to Ouachita Parish were likely remnants of LaSalle’s 1680 expedition to Louisiana. In 1782, the Governor of New Orleans sent Don Juan (Jean) Filhiol to establish a post along the Ouachita River. By 1790, this trading post, called Ft. Miro, had evolved into a community of 49 families. In 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, and Ouachita Parish was established in1807, with Ft. Miro as the parish seat. In 1819, the town’s name was changed from Ft. Miro to Monroe.
#25 - Brent Elementary School, AL - November 20, 2019, 9:00am - 10:00am
The City of Brent was founded in 1898 in the southern portion of Bibb County along the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Rail line. The town was named after Mr. Brent H. Armstrong, a surveyor for the railroad. On May 27, 1973, a category 4 tornado tore through the Brent, Centreville, Montevallo, and Greensboro area, and 90 percent of the city of Brent was destroyed. The tornado demolished more than 12,000 acres of timber and over 500 buildings; 72 people in the area were injured. Source: city of brentalabama.com
#26 - Bass Pro Shops - Lawrenceville, GA - November 20, 2019, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The history of Atlanta dates back to 1836, when Georgia decided to build a railroad to the U.S. Midwest and a location was chosen to be the line's terminus. The stake marking the founding of "Terminus" was driven into the ground in 1837 (called the Zero Mile Post). In 1839, homes and a store were built there and the settlement grew. Between 1845 and 1854, rail lines arrived from four different directions, and the rapidly growing town quickly became the rail hub for the entire Southern United States. Source: Wikipedia
#27 - Federal Building Public Park, Chattanooga, TN - November 21, 2019, 11:45am - 12:45pm
Chattanooga lies along the Moccasin Bend of the Tennessee River, near the Georgia border, about 115 miles north of Atlanta. Chattanooga is a headquarters for the Tennessee Valley Authority power system, which since the 1930s has been an important element in its economic growth. The site was settled about 1815 when John Ross, who was later made a Cherokee chief, established a trading post on the river. In 1838 it was renamed Chattanooga, derived from a Creek word for nearby Lookout Mountain meaning “rock rising to a point.” Source: brittanica.com
#28 - Titans Football Stadium, Nashville, TN - November 21, 2019, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The first settlers in what is now known as Nashville were Indians of the Mississippian culture, who lived in the area about 1000 to 1400 A.D. They raised corn, made great earthen mounds, painted beautiful pottery and then mysteriously disappeared. Other Indians, the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Shawnee, followed and used the area as a hunting ground. It was 1779 on the banks of the Cumberland River near the center of present downtown Nashville, that a band of pioneers cleared the land and built a log stockade, Fort Nashborough. In 1784 the community's name was changed to Nashville. Source: nashvillesmls.com
#29 - Chilhowee Park - Knoxville, TN - November 22, 2019, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The History of Knoxville, Tennessee, began with the establishment of James White's Fort on the Trans-Appalachian frontier in 1786. The fort was chosen as the capital of the Southwest Territory in 1790, and the city, named for Secretary of War Henry Knox, was platted the following year. Knoxville became the first capital of the State of Tennessee in 1796, and grew steadily during the early 19th century as a way station for westward-bound migrants and as a commercial center for nearby mountain communities. Source: Wikipedia
#30 - White's Travel Center - Raphine, VA - November 23, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The name "Raphine" was chosen in honor of James Edward Allen Gibbs (1829-1902), a local farmer who patented the first chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine on June 2, 1857. In partnership with James Wilcox, Gibbs became a principal in Wilcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Company. Wilcox & Gibbs commercial sewing machines are still made and used in the 21st century. Nearby, the McCormick family farm, Walnut Grove, was the home of Cyrus McCormick (1809-1884). He became famous as the inventor of the mechanical reaper in 1831. He moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1847, and was the founder, with his brother Leander, of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company which became part of International Harvester Corporation in 1902. The McCormick farm became a test farm for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known as "Virginia Tech"). In addition to Walnut Grove, the Kennedy-Lunsford Farm and Kennedy-Wade Mill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Source: Wikipedia
Deliver Tree to Joint Base Andrews - Joint Base Andrews, MD - November 24, 2019
Washington, DC - November 25, 2019
Deliver tree to Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States. Founded after the American Revolution as the seat of government of the newly independent country, Washington was named after George Washington, the first president of the United States and a Founding Father. Source: Wikipedia