Hitchhiker with His Dog "Tripper" on U.S. 66, where U.S. 66 Crosses the Colorado River at Topock


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 at a time of rising public concern in the United States about pollution and its effects on human health. In 1972-77 the EPA sponsored the Documerica program to photographically document subjects of environmental concern in America. The images were made by approximately 70 well-known photographers contracted by the EPA for the project. Photographers included Denny Lyon, Gene Daniels, Marc St. Gill, Bill Strode, Charles O'Rear, Jack Corn, Tomas Sennett, Yoichi Okamote, and Ken Hayman. This photograph of a hitchhiker in Arizona was taken by O’Rear on Route 66, the celebrated highway established in 1926 that ran from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California. Route 66 was decommissioned in 1985, its function having been taken over by the more modern Interstate Highway System.

Last updated: September 18, 2015