Why are these Idahoans supporting Richard Nixon for governor of California?
This is a photo dated November 30, 1961, of Richard Nixon supporters awaiting his visit to the airport in Hailey, Idaho, in the Sun Valley (notice the sign on the right: “From Sun Valley to Sacramento with Dick Nixon”). In 1962, Nixon would run for governor of California, losing to incumbent governor Pat Brown. What he was doing in Idaho in November 1961 is anyone’s guess.
Former Vice President Nixon clearly had fans in Idaho: in 1960, while campaigning for President, Idaho had a Nixon Day Celebration in Boise.
But … the description of the photo also lists it as a “presidential campaign visit,” which would really make no sense. The other weird thing is that Nixon is actually from the Sun Valley area … Sun Valley, California.
If there was only one photo from the event, I might think maybe the description - the date or the location or both - was wrong. But there’s at least one more photo from the visit.
WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
Photo via the Idaho State Historical Society, by Bob Lorimer