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A Story of Christmastown

1955: Shelton becomes 'Christmastown, USA'

Shelton embraced the nickname "Christmastown, USA" in 1955.

Even the president of the United States ended that year with a Mason County holiday tree gracing his home. At the time, Mason County tree farms were selling more than 1 million Christmas trees a year.

The Shelton-Mason County Journal, which immediately began showcasing the new slogan at the top of each page, chronicled the embrace of the moniker that year, which culminated in December with a Chicago Daily News article that proclaimed, "Shelton is perhaps the most famous Christmas tree center in America."

In February 1955, the Shelton...


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