Montana made copper star goes to Washington D.C.

A group of people stand for a photo in front of the Capitol Christmas Tree Star at ZooMontana on Wednesday, November 22. The copper star is five feet tall and was fabricated by Split Mountain Metals in Belgrade. 

BRONTE WITTPENN, Gazette staff

The public turned out at ZooMontana on Wednesday to snap photos and get a look at the Montana-made copper star built for the U.S. Capitol's "People's Tree."

The copper star is 5 feet tall and was fabricated by Split Mountain Metals in Belgrade.

This is the first-ever copper star to be created for the Capitol tree, which was harvested from Kootenai National Forest.

The tree will sit on the west lawn of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., and will be lit by an 11-year-old boy from Bozeman who was chosen by U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. 

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