On Wednesday, October 29th, a Kenworth T880 began the transport of the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from Cass Lake, MN to Washington, D.C. The special 75-foot white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest was loaded onto a heavy duty trailer – expanding 80 feet. A Capitol Christmas tree has been an American tradition since 1964 – to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Kenworth will have a Capitol Christmas Tree tour, stopping at more than 30 spots along the way.
The official U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree tour truck is equipped with the powerful and fuel-efficient 500-hp PACCAR MX-13 engine with 1,850 lb-ft of torque, reliable Eaton Fuller 13-speed transmission, and comfortable 52-inch mid-roof sleeper. The T880 was made available to Kenworth for the tour by PacLease, which provides customized full-service lease, rental and contract maintenance programs featuring Kenworth Trucks.
The 50th anniversary Capitol Christmas Tree tour's initial stops are Sunday, Nov. 2, at Itasca State Park and Bemidji, Minn. Among other notable stops are: Nov. 7 - Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.); Nov. 13 - Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum (Grand Rapids, Mich.); Nov. 14 - Michigan State University (East Lansing, Mich.); Nov. 15 - Henry Ford Museum (Dearborn, Mich.); Nov. 16 - FirstEnergy Stadium (Cleveland, Ohio) for the Cleveland Browns versus Houston Texans football game; and Nov. 17 - Kenworth Truck Company assembly plant (Chillicothe, Ohio).
The Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, in a special ceremony in early December. House Speaker John W. McCormack began the Capitol Christmas Tree tradition in 1964.
A complete tour schedule may be found at the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree web site (www.capitolchristmastree.com) so that the public can track the truck's progress.
About Central Illinois Trucks, Inc. (CIT Group, Inc.)
CIT Group, Inc. is a full-line, commercial truck dealership group representing Kenworth Truck Company, Volvo Trucks North America, Mack Trucks, and Isuzu Commercial Trucks of America. Serving territories in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana, the dealerships offer the best in New and Used Truck Sales, an extensive Parts inventory, the finest in truck Service and maintenance, and state of the art Body repair. In addition, CIT offers in-house Rental, Leasing and Finance solutions to their customers. More information can be found at www.cittrucks.com.