A lot of maps of “number of X in the United States” end up just looking like population density maps, which in turn look like maps of water availability — you can look at them and say “yup, it’s arid out here, west of the 100th meridian.” It’s kind of delightful how thoroughly this map reverses that expectation.
I love the implied excitement of the growth in the table at the top of the chart showing the years it took to get to 50 stakes, then 100, then 150 …
I would be interested in knowing where the 50 stakes off the map are. Hawaii? England?
Comment by Sarah in Georgia — February 10, 2017 @ 5:53 pm
On Mike’s theme I wonder if a conference talk was ever given, “We are an arid people.” And speaking of arid, I note my birth stake in southeastern Oregon at Nyssa, established 1950. The much earlier one in blue appears to be the Union Stake in the Grande Ronde Valley; La Grande, Oregon being the principal city although there is a town named “Union.” Why there? Sugar beets.