Trucking delivers on Capitol Christmas tree’s journey again as Kenworth T880 finishes 2014 trek

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Updated Jul 1, 2015

The special Kenworth T880 carrying this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree ended its trek Tuesday when the 75-foot white spruce cut down in Minnesota last month ended its 2,700-mile trip to D.C.

The tree was lit during a ceremony Tuesday evening led by U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner.

The Capitol Christmas Tree’s journey, which was sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association, PeopleNet and other trucking-related groups, made 30 stops on its three-week tour.

The truck was driven by owner-operator Elwood Higdem of Wille Transport.

A Wille company driver, Ken Lundgren, drove alongside Higdem in a Kenworth T680 Advantage, carrying a van load of handmade ornaments to adorn the tree and 70 other smaller Christmas trees bound for federal buildings in Washington.