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Old 06-08-2013, 07:40 PM
 
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In Texas anything west of IH 35 I consider "west". Austin & San Antonio I call it a spilt.
I hate to keep repeating and making a pest out of myself or anything, but I still have to mention again that the question must address the issue of does where the "West begins" mean where does the East end? Or does it mean where does the South or Midwest end? Those are totally different critters.

In Texas as least, anywhere west of I-35 to the 100th would be a fairly good answer if it means what major feature (highway, meridian line, physical features etc) marks -- in general -- where the eastern United States ends and the western United States begins.

But if it mean where does the South become the West, in the cultural/historical sense? Well, THAT is different. Much different. Only the trans-pecos "horn" of Texas is truly "Southwestern" or "Western" as in connected with New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, etc. Austin and San Antonio have a strong Southern history, totally different than a Santa Fe or Phoenix. The pair just cannot be compared in that way. Culturally and historically, Texas is a Southern state. It is western too, in the sense it is not eastern. But in Texas, western and Southern are not mutually exclusive of one another. Anymore than western and Midwestern are mutually exclusive of each other in Kansas...
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The West starts where you cross a state line and tell the kids in the back seat "We're out west now".

That's what my dad said, when we hit the South Dakota state line, and to me, South Dakota is still a western state.
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Old 04-18-2015, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Orcutt, CA (Santa Maria Valley)
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The border between the semi-arid steppe climate zone (shown in yellowish brown) and the humid subtropical (green) / humid continental climate zone (blue) seems to be as good of a border between east and west as any. Granted, it's a little further west than the 100th meridan, but since it's based on climate zones, it makes the most sense to me.

As you can see, it basically splits the Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas in half, while splitting up Texas and Oklahoma in such a way that most of those two states is east of the line, but the parts that are truly in arid or semi-arid climates are definitely west of it. What do you all think?
I agree with your definition.
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Old 04-18-2015, 07:38 PM
 
Location: The Dirty South.
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West Texas. East and central Texas is to southern and green. West Texas is where the desert and southwestern culture starts.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:37 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Everything west of the CST/MST border is Western.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Montana
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Is Albuquerque considered West, guys?
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Is Albuquerque considered West, guys?
West/Southwest. Absolutely. 100%.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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The West includes California, Oregon, Washington, and maybe Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, and Alaska.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL/Tokyo, Japan
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Most of Texas is "the West" to me as opposed to "the East". Wide open skys, little trees (on the interstates, obviously cities plant and maintain trees) is my view of the western half of the country.
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Old 04-20-2015, 02:00 PM
 
Location: The Dirty South.
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Most of Texas is "the West" to me as opposed to "the East". Wide open skys, little trees (on the interstates, obviously cities plant and maintain trees) is my view of the western half of the country.
East and central Texas have plenty of tree cover. Only west Texas is where you see truly open spaces for miles with no trees.
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