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Mack delivers 73-foot Christmas tree to capitol

A Mack Pinnacle that’s spent weeks toting the 73-foot Capitol Christmas tree around the country reached its final destination Tuesday — the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol — where it was unloaded, stood up and decorated. 

The Pinnacle picked the tree up from the White River National Forest in Colorado and drove 5,300 miles on a cross-country tour. Mack decaled the truck with a tough-looking bulldog towing a large tree across a snow-laden landscape, and the truck was equipped with a Mack MP8 engine and Mack’s proprietary mDrive automated transmission. 

The tree will remain on the west lawn throughout the holidays and will be lit daily at dusk with 10,000 LED lights. 

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This was an annual tradition for my family and me.  We always went to see these trees each Christmas.  The year my parents past, was the last year I have seen them.  It was bitter cold that year with a chill that cut you to the bone.  We relocated to TX that following Spring.  Seeing this site on the TV is just not the same as being there.  I hope it is a tradition that is kept going and I hope to bring my grandchildren back to see it one Christmas very soon.