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Old 05-05-2018, 10:39 AM
 
Location: 30461
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I do find it funny that a state like Colorado is often grouped with a state like California, despite the fact that the two states are quite distant from each other. Colorado's eastern border in particular is pretty far east, more east than the eastern borders of Montana, Wyoming, and New Mexico. I really would group the eastern third of Colorado as a part of the midwest and not the "west".
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Old 05-05-2018, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I do find it funny that a state like Colorado is often grouped with a state like California, despite the fact that the two states are quite distant from each other. Colorado's eastern border in particular is pretty far east, more east than the eastern borders of Montana, Wyoming, and New Mexico. I really would group the eastern third of Colorado as a part of the midwest and not the "west".
Have y'all heard of the frontier strip?

Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.

These states are the demarcation of the center of the US in several ways (not the least of which being the geological division between the great plains and the glacial plains). Everything east of them is the east, everything west of them is the west. The frontier states themselves are part of both.

Colorado is entirely west of the strip, and truthfully, despite its name, the "Midwest" is very much part of the eastern US. Characterized mostly by the lowland glacial plains, the great lakes, and its dense forestry. As well as being the larger portion of the northern United states.

The "Midwest feel" even extends into Pennsylvania, northern WV, and upstate NY, where it mingles with and collides with Appalachian territory.

I have a hard time considering Colorado to be part of this.
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