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Stimson tree gets trimmed for Christmas

The giant Douglas fir, donated by Stimson Lumber Co., hasn't been lit up yet, but it's already standing at the center of the city's Pioneer Courthouse Square, ready for the holidays
by: Chase Allgood Workers trim the bottom of the 75-foot, 5,500-pound Douglas fir that made its way from Stimson Lumber Co. land near Gaston last Thursday to downtown Portland, where it now stands in Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Portland got a taste of Western Washington County last week when a 75-foot, 5,500-pound Douglas fir took its Yuletide place at the center of the city's Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The tree, donated by Stimson Lumber Co., was grown on company land near Gaston.

It took 14 people working for seven firms, including Stimson and Portland Parks and Recreation, to get the behemoth from the foothills of the Coast Range to downtown Portland.

The tree is loaded onto one truck as long as a city block while its boughs are carried on a separate truck the same size.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams praised the tree's arrival and Stimson's efforts.

'I want to thank Stimson Lumber - a great Oregon company - for their tireless efforts,' Adams said.