Union Pacific Railroad employees today continued a long tradition of cutting down and delivering the ceremonial Christmas tree to the Durham Museum in Omaha today. This year’s tree is a 40 year old blue spruce that was donated by Rita Guenette of Omaha.
Guenette says she bought it back in the 1970’s and paid $1.49. It was six or seven inches tall and her kids used to jump over it when they were little. Guenette says it was getting too big for her yard and is very pleased it will be the showcase of the holiday season at the Durham Museum on South 10th Street.
The tradition of Union Pacific delivering the annual tree dates back to the 1930’s when train crews would watch the right-of-way in the Pacific Northwest to find the perfect tree to bring home to Union Station, now the Durham Museum. The tree now will be decorated and unveiled during a lighting ceremony the Friday after Thanksgiving.