US Capitol Christmas tree makes overnight pit stop in Missoula

    Credit: Montana Highway Patrol/Facebook

    MISSOULA, Mont. - The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree made an overnight pit stop in Missoula over the weekend, according to a post on the Montana Highway Patrol's Facebook page.

    "Idaho troopers handed it off to Montana troopers at Lookout Pass on I-90 after it came in from Coeur d'Alene," the post said.

    Troopers then took it to an undisclosed spot in Missoula "where it was secured overnight."

    The next morning, highway patrol said the tree traveled south on Highway 93 through the Bitterroot back to the Idaho border, where it was eventually handed back over to Idaho troopers to take on to Salmon.

    "It was a great example of Montana troopers, Idaho troopers and federal law enforcement officers working together!" troopers said.

    The stop was one of many the tree makes as it heads to Washington, D.C. You can track the tree's trip online.

    The tree is from the Payette National Forest in Idaho. It's expected to arrive in the District of Columbia by Nov. 28.

    A tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 6.

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