The ‘People’s Tree’ make its first Eastern stop amid North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains


Posted on November 16, 2011

Surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, North Carolina, will be the first Eastern stop on the Capitol Christmas Tree’s national tour when it arrives on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

The tree will have trekked some 400 miles since Amramp Louisville owner Bob Fowler saw it in Santa Claus Indiana. The “People’s Tree” will then travel on to Greensboro, some 200 miles from Cherokee, but still within Amramp North Carolina owner Rick Griffiths’ area.

Serving Western North Carolina – from the borders of Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia –Amramp North Carolina has a fully stocked warehouse in Charlotte, installing wheelchair ramps and portability solutions within days not weeks.

Cherokee is one of 20 stops on the 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree tour. At each Capitol Tree event across the country, attendees will climb a ramp to access the platform where they can leave a note or an ornament. By providing ADA-compliant ramps, Amramp, America’s leading wheelchair ramp and mobility solutions provider, is proud to ensure that everyone of all abilities can participate in this national tradition.

Be sure to visit the tree when it stops in Cherokee on Nov. 22 and 23 and take part in this wonderful national tradition! 

Distances to Cherokee:
North Carolina: 60 miles from Asheville
Tennessee: 75 miles from Knoxville
South Carolina: 115 miles from Greenville

Every year since 1970, a different U.S. state has been chosen to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree, is placed on the Western lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.  The 65-foot white fir was cut on Nov. 5 from Stanislaus National Forest in Northern California, and the 20-stop cross-country tour started on Nov. 8.

The Capitol Tree Celebration began in 1964, with a Douglas fir that was actually planted on the grounds of the Capitol Building. The tree suffered root system damage during a storm in 1967 and later died. After a few years of Maryland trees, the decision was made to bring in a new tree from a different state each year, which would be viewed as a gift from that state.

The United States Forestry Division carefully chooses candidates from a national forest within that state, and the Architect of the Capitol then picks the “winner” from the group.

Visit www.capitolchristmastree2011.org for more information about the nation’s Christmas tree and related events.

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