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  In The Year...1959

White House Christmas Tree

Ceremonies held near Presque Isle, Maine, on November 27 marked the cutting of the first White House Christmas Tree to come from east of the Mississippi River. Seventy feet tall and weighing three tons, the white spruce tree was shipped to Washington, D.C., on two Bangor and Aroostock Railroad flat cars by courtesy of the Bangor and Aroostock, Boston and Maine, Delaware and Hudson, and Pennsylvania railroads. The lighting ceremony was held on December 23.

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