Whitewood Transport was chosen to haul the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree based on the reputation their drivers have in the trucking industry. Larry Spiekermeier, who has 1.6-million accident free miles with the company, was selected to make the drive from the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana on a custom Kenworth T680 Advantage, which will haul a trailer specially designed for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tour. Larry was named Motor Carriers of Montana “Driver of the Year” in 2009 and 2015 and hauling specialized equipment with a payload of 100,000 to 130,000 pounds is second nature for him.
Larry will be joined on the road by his wife Mary Ann for the first 900 miles. A second Whitewood truck driven by Grant Coleman with 70 smaller trees and eight pallets of Made in Montana ornaments will also make the trip. At each stop, Larry and his crew will visit with those attending the event about this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Larry’s also got a few surprises to hand out to the kids at each stop. So, make sure to join us on our journey and Look for Larry when he comes through your town!
Monday, Nov. 13:
11:00 a.m. | Eureka Town Hall | 11 Dewey Avenue
2:30 pm | Don K Whitefish Dealership | 6219 Highway 93 South
Tuesday, Nov. 14:
9:00 a.m. | Libby High School | 150 Education Way
11:30 a.m. | Troy Museum | 141 St. Regis Haul Rd.
•Trout Creek, MT
3:30 pm | 11 Park Street
Wednesday, Nov. 15:
•Thompson Falls, MT
10:00 a.m. | 809 Main Street
6:00 p.m. | Southgate Mall | 2901 Brooks St.
Thursday, Nov. 16:
11:00 a.m. | 1301 E 6th Ave between Montana Ave | Roberts Street
•Great Falls, MT
6:00 p.m. | Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center | 4201 Giant Springs Road
Friday, Nov. 17:
•Harlem/Fort Belknap, MT
11:00 a.m. | Tourism Office | 143 Assiniboine Avenue
3:00 p.m. | Valley Event Center | 54141 Highway #2
Saturday, Nov. 18:
8:00 a.m. | Albertson’s parking lot | 307 Harmon Street
2185 Goodman Rd