Yesterday's mention of the Nixon photo collection made me think of another image that Nixon took, one of the most incongruous of the collection ... so I thought I'd post it here before moving on.
Back in 1971, America's passenger rail network was dying. Amtrak had just been created, an event that saw the discontinuance of most of Montana's passenger trains, and many thought that the rest of the trains would soon disappear, as well. The country had just a handful of modern trains back then, operating in the east, and in an effort to generate enthusiasm Amtrak sent one of those on a cross-country tour. This is the "turbotrain" -- it passed through southern Montana in late August 1971, and apparently garnered all sorts of attention. This is a photo Nixon took of the train passing over Evaro Hill.
Of course, passenger trains in America didn't end up (quite) dying ... but the turbotrain didn't up being the future of American travel, either. Nowadays, there are people lobbying for restoration of passenger trains across southern Montana. I doubt that it will happen for a while, and if it does I doubt that our train will look this cool ... but we could do a lot worse.