Montana’s Governor Brian Schweitzer has trucked some big rigs across the country to New York City to promote tourism to his state (and a new airplane route to serve that purpose). TRMS staffer Andy Dallos popped out of the office to get a look and see if he could pick up some of the give-away jerky mentioned in the press release. Sure enough, he found the governor pressing the flesh and trying to draw as much attention as possible. It’s hard to think of more a “westward expansion” promotion than driving modern-day covered wagons to the big city back east to sing the virtues of the land out west and share samples of its bounty. Even that bullhorn in the background makes me imagine this exact scene 150 years ago but with more top hats and new train routes instead of new plane routes.