I told you months ago to stay tuned for more of this map and now here it is. My friend Katie and I spent a couple hours exploring antiques shops in nearby Hopkins, MN last Summer, during her visit from St. Louis, and came across more than a few maps. I grabbed Map 191 out of a pile because I wanted to take pictures for Fun with Maps, of course. Katie, in her villainous tiger holding a cat t-shirt, was kind enough to hold it up for me.
This map features the operations of BNSF, the second largest freight railroad company in North America (Union Pacific is first). This company, now 100% owned by Berkshire Hathaway, was created in 1996 by a merger of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway companies. It’s a sizable operation of 44,000 employees with 32,500 miles of track sprawling through 28 states.
On this map from 2000 you can see how BNSF broke down their managerial zones. There are regions named for the Twin Cities, Seattle, Denver (BNSF North), Kansas City, San Bernardino, Amarillo (BNSF South), Fort Worth, and Springfield (BNSF Southeast). What’s that? You can’t really see the various regions? I’m here to help:
There are likely several factors that led to the creation of these particular borders operationally for BNSF including miles of track within each region, volume of traffic along those tracks, operational facility locations, and many more. I find corporate maps fascinating because of all these factors. The Twin Cities region appears to be quite a bit larger than the Kansas City and Springfield regions in terms of geographic area and volume of tracks. It makes me wonder why Kansas City and Springfield aren’t combined. Perhaps they both have higher volumes of train traffic despite their smaller areas. I have to assume BNSF had pre-existing regional offices in San Bernardino or it wouldn’t typically be chosen as the regional headquarters over larger cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s also interesting to me how Amarillo (another smaller city) and Kansas City are essentially on the border of their regional territories (KC is at the convergence of four zones, in fact). The BNSF South, which includes the San Bernardino, Amarillo, and Kansas City Regions, has a strange, non-contiguous shape (the pink, purple, and green sections above). The Southeast region is so much smaller and looks like an afterthought. Man I love maps.
Can’t get enough railroad maps? Well, I’ll admit my original picture isn’t the clearest so I found a similar one on Wikipedia (below). The red lines are rail lines owned by BNSF while the pink ones are lines where BNSF has contracted rights to use the lines (a common practice in the industry).
Even if you’ve had your fill, here’s one more map showing all eight Class 1 Railroads in North America from Wikipedia.
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Map 192 concerns the dietary choices of the people of India. Vegetarians make up 20–42% of the population in India while less than 30% eats meat regularly. Indian vegetarians are estimated to make up more than 70% of the world’s vegetarians [Wikipedia]. Many Indians have chosen the no-meat or little-meat diet for religious and cultural reasons as Hinduism is practiced by nearly 80% of the population of India.
This map is very informative and well-made. Each circle represents 100% of the people in each Indian state with the red portion indicating the portion that eats meat and the green portion representing the vegetarians. The states in the Northwest (Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh) are the areas with majority percentages of non-meat-eaters. Rajasthan is the most veggie-friendly state with 74.9% of the population not eating meat at all. The most meat-eaters live in the South and East with Telangana being the least committed to the vegetarian lifestyle at 98.7% meat-eater. Reading up on the Indian culture I did find out that many people that do eat meat in India do so infrequently and/or they eat meat that comes from quick-kill/low-suffering farms. I eat meat (and enjoy it) but that belief resonates with me. I haven’t the slightest clue how to adapt my current diet to meet those standards without tracing the origins of every piece of meat I eat back to their sources but it sounds admirable. I believe that cruelty to animals is heinous.
What is your opinion of vegetarianism? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time,
Bonus Map Link: Pre-Interstate Highway System 1955
Bonus Bonus Map Link: Every Country’s Tourism Slogan