General Grant Tree: The Nation’s Christmas Tree

Dec 23, 2019 View Comments by

By now, most people throughout the country have put up a Christmas tree in celebration of the upcoming holiday. It’s only fitting that we highlight the General Grant Tree, in Kings Canyon National Park, which was dedicated in April 1926 as the National Christmas Tree.

The Nation’s Christmas Tree was named after Ulysses S. Grant in 1867. The General Grant Tree reaches upward to 267 feet tall and is nearly 29 feet in diameter. This giant sequoia is second in size only to the General Sherman Tree which is located in Sequoia National Park and is the world’s largest tree, measured by volume. The General Sherman Tree stands 275 feet tall and is over 36 feet in diameter at the base. These giant sequoias were here some 2,000 years ago.

In April 1925, President Calvin Coolidge designated the General Grant Tree as the Nation’s Christmas Tree for all to enjoy. In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower made the tree a memorial, calling it a “National Shrine” to the men and women of the armed forces who served, fought and gave their lives for our freedom.

 

 

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