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View Poll Results: What western state feels furthest east?
Colorado 22 41.51%
Wyoming 0 0%
Montana 2 3.77%
New Mexico 1 1.89%
Utah 2 3.77%
Other 26 49.06%
Voters: 53. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-05-2018, 07:47 PM
 
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Deserts, plains, and mountains are all also found in Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Wyoming is not unique in that aspect.
Montana doesn't have high desert. I misread the post though.
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Old 07-06-2018, 12:32 AM
 
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While its certainly debatable what sections of the western U.S feel midwestern, eastern is not applicable to any western state or city, even San Francisco.

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Old 07-06-2018, 06:27 AM
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Oh God, none!
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Old 07-06-2018, 06:37 AM
 
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As an aside, the thread title "says "most eastern" while the poll says "feels furthest east." These are different things. I think an argument can be made that a lot of Colorado feels "further east" insofar as it's part of the high plains, which are kinda-sorta midwestern. But that's not "eastern" in any way.

Regardless, only a westerner would even use the term "eastern" as a descriptor to describe the entire eastern half of the U.S.. There's basically nothing the eastern half of the country shares in common, other than perhaps the absence of deserts and semi-arid areas. If "Eastern" is used at all, it's just used to mean "East Coast" - basically BosWash. Certainly not the Midwest, and not the South either.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:30 AM
 
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As an aside, the thread title "says "most eastern" while the poll says "feels furthest east." These are different things. I think an argument can be made that a lot of Colorado feels "further east" insofar as it's part of the high plains, which are kinda-sorta midwestern. But that's not "eastern" in any way.

Regardless, only a westerner would even use the term "eastern" as a descriptor to describe the entire eastern half of the U.S.. There's basically nothing the eastern half of the country shares in common, other than perhaps the absence of deserts and semi-arid areas. If "Eastern" is used at all, it's just used to mean "East Coast" - basically BosWash. Certainly not the Midwest, and not the South either.
People use the term western to describe the eastern half of the US just like people use the terms western to describe the western half.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:57 AM
 
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People use the term eastern to describe the eastern half of the US just like people use the terms western to describe the western half.
I can understand using "Eastern United States" as a geographical designation, but nothing more. There is absolutely nothing in terms of climate, culture, or built form that you can find that Boston, Baltimore, Miami, Chicago, and Nashville, for example, share that the cities of the west lack.

Basically "Eastern" means "not west." Much like "Northern" means "not Southern." You can point to the northern U.S. on a map, but any attempt to define what it means culturally falls apart, because there's too many different strands of U.S. culture in the Northeast, Midwest, and - yes - West.
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Old 07-06-2018, 09:58 AM
 
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People use the term western to describe the eastern half of the US just like people use the terms western to describe the western half.
In some western states "back east" is used in a pejorative sense for those "damn liberal" states east of their borders. Even if they are in fact conservative states.
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Old 07-06-2018, 10:17 AM
 
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None of those states have any kind of an "eastern" feel.
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Old 07-06-2018, 11:47 AM
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In some western states "back east" is used in a pejorative sense for those "damn liberal" states east of their borders. Even if they are in fact conservative states.
And sometimes "back east" just means. . . back in the eastern part of the US. When I lived in California people called Illinois "back east". Growing up in PA I thought IL was, well, "not east".

I'm shocked that CO is winning the poll (for named states). While some say that the architecture of homes here is rather midwestern, there's really nothing eastern about CO. The lifestyle is different. An example, one year, we had to fly to Pittsburgh on Christmas Day to take care of business back there with my mom. The Pittsburghers thought that was awful; the Coloradans thought it was normal. In point of fact, a lot of them were flying to see their families, etc that day. My bro in Pittsburgh tells me Pittsburghers think of us as "cowboys".
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Old 07-06-2018, 11:48 AM
 
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Texas is considered a Western state? Thatís news to me.
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