Of all the railroads James J. Hill owned or controlled in some way, the Great Northern Railway is by far his greatest masterpiece earning him the legendary nickname of Empire Builder. Under his tenor the railroad would stretch from the Midwest to Pacific Coast and of all the Northwestern roads the GN was by far the strongest and most respected. The road finally disappeared into the burgeoning Burlington Northern network in 1970 along with the Northern Pacific, Burlington, and Spokane Portland & Seattle. Today, many former GN lines remain in service under successor BNSF Railway. Even after more than 40 years of being gone the railroad still holds strong influences and memories from its Empire Builder passenger train and prominent dark green, orange, and yellow livery to its beloved mascot and emblem, Rocky the mountain goat (a common animal to the Rocky Mountains).