Hitchhiker with His Dog "Tripper" on U.S. 66, May 1972

Original Caption: Hitchhiker with His Dog, "Tripper", on U.S. 66. U.S. 66 Crosses The Colorado River At Topock: 05/1972


U.S. National Archives' Local Identifier: NWDNS-412-DA-6626


From: Series: DOCUMERICA: The Environmental Protection Agency's Program to Photographically Document Subjects of Environmental Concern, compiled 1972-1977 (Record Group 412)


Created by: Environmental Protection Agency. (12/02/1970 - )


Production Date: 05/1972


Photographer: O'Rear, Charles, 1941-



Yuma (Yuma county, Arizona, United States) inhabited place


Persistent URL: research.archives.gov/description/549112


Repository: Still Picture Unit of the National Archives at College Park


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  • The U.S. National Archives PRO 5y


    We know from photographer Charles O'Rear that he never learned the hitchhiker's name. He only learned Tripper's name. This is arguably the most popular DOCUMERICA image in the collection.

    Jerry (U.S. National Archives)
  • Gavin 5y

    Awesome, evocative picture. He's cute! I would totally have dated him if I wasn't only 4 months old at the time the picture was taken! Amazing to think that he'd be in his late Fifties/ early Sixties now...
  • The U.S. National Archives PRO 5y

    Hi, wirrn!
    Glad you like the photo. It's one of our favorites here at National Archives. I spoke with the photographer Charles O'Rear about this guy and he says he never learned the hitchhiker's name, unfortunately. Can't beat those groovy threads!

    Jerry (U.S. National Archives)
  • addclinton PRO 4y

    He would be about 60 now. Wonder how life treated him.
  • Yaroslav Gerzhedovich PRO 4y

    Fabulous. The guy looks like a rock star :-)
  • Natalia Smirnova 4y

    And the trousers are excellent :-)
  • Scott PRO 3y

    What a great looking old capture and i wonder what became of this person and his dog.
  • Josefine Stenudd 3y

    Hello to everyone talking about the innocence and safety of the olden days. You may want to read "The better angels of our nature: Why violence has declined" by Steven Pinker. :D

    Anyway, lovely shot! :)
  • JIM Mourgos PRO 3y

    Ben Shiff Innocence? Watts riots, killing at the Kent campus, Vietnam, Watergate. Yeah, right.

    Good photo though.
  • JIM Mourgos PRO 3y

    And let's not forget Kennedy both John and Robert, assassinated as well as MLK. Innocent indeed.
  • rwchicago PRO 3y

    Is this for real? Amazing!
  • Temari 09 PRO 3y

    What a cool image! Thanks for sharing.
  • victor98_2001 PRO 3y

    nice shot
  • Sergio Ivan 09 3y

    Nice photo
  • Nina Pearman PRO 3y

  • Jon Haynes Photography PRO 3y

    he's holding that pup like a fashion accessory
  • GaGal#1 PRO 3y

    How cool is this? Jon Haynes Photography LOL, great observation...like a purse.
  • boofsmom 2y

    Those jeans!
  • d nelson 2y

    Wow, a few years later, right out of high school, I hitched across America, with both long hair and a dog. Even went passed Topock Gorge.
  • Kaufman Trailers 1y

    many patches.
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